Graeme Souness on Liverpool vs Man City
Liverpool versus Man City.
The Premier League title race is once again the focus for Graeme Souness in his weekly column in the Sunday Times.
Man City beat Liverpool 2-1 on Thursday night in one of the games of the season so far.
Leroy Sane won the match for the Sky Blues after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener.
Man City are four points behind Liverpool in the league.
You can write off Tottenham
Before delving into how Souness predicts the title race to pan out, the Scot is happy to write off Tottenham’s chances.
Prior to Thursday’s match at the Etihad, Tottenham were second in the league above City.
Spurs are two points behind Pep Guardiola’s men, and six points behind the Reds.
Yet Souness believes Tottenham have zero chance of winning the title:
Tottenham are a fine team and certainly close enough to be considered as contenders but I can’t see them winning the title.
When it comes to why Souness doesn’t believe Spurs can do it, the pundit argues it’s because of the club’s attacking options:
Heung-Min Son will head off to the Asian Cup after Spurs’ game against Manchester United a week from now. Depending on how far South Korea progress, Son could miss games against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle.
Imagine if Harry Kane were to pick up an injury while Son is away — to whom would Tottenham turn for goals?
But what if Harry Kane doesn’t get injured? Could they win the title then?
For the record, Spurs still need to travel to both Liverpool and Man City in the second half of the season.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 5, 2019
Liverpool are ‘more basic’ than Man City
For Souness, even though Man City beat Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s side remain the favourites for the title.
Yet, in getting over his viewpoint, Souness also dropped the following backhanded compliment to the Reds:
As a Liverpool supporter, I see Jurgen Klopp’s side as a more basic team than Manchester City. With Liverpool, you know what you’re going to get.
Sticking with the backhanded compliments, Souness has also questioned how much flair there is in Klopp’s squad at Anfield:
They don’t have what I would call milky players… I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.
Souness seems to be backing Liverpool over Man City because that what his gut is saying:
I don’t buy into is the view offered by many that the momentum has swung from Liverpool to City.
I believe Liverpool will bounce back.
— Sunday Times Sport (@ST_Sport) January 6, 2019