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Manchester City have to ‘drop a level’ before anyone can get near them

Levels

Manchester City are levels above the rest of the sides in England according to one pundit, who noted that for any side to catch them, City would have to drop a few levels.

Raphael Honigstein was speaking about the possible title rivals for City this season, and said that Liverpool are of course the ones we expect – yet they would need to take their blistering form displayed in Europe and do it week in, week out in the Premier League – something they couldn’t manage last season.

He said to the Sunday Supplement: “They need City to drop down a level or two to get anywhere near them, and then get to a point where they can grind out results against lesser opposition.

“It has been a problem for Klopp’s team, especially without someone like Coutinho who can open the lock at times.

“It’s interesting from a footballing sense, whether they can take that kind of explosiveness on the transition that works so wonderfully well against the big teams, especially in Europe, and make it work on an everyday basis against some of the more defensive sides. That is the key question.

“The club and the manager realise that now is the time. Maybe another year they may have said: ‘OK let’s wait, let this team grow, give them another chance.’ But some of the fans, and some of the key players in that side would say: ‘We don’t have time to wait!’

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“Now is the time to win stuff, now is the time to go for it, and luckily he has owners that really want to back him in that.”

Sergio Ramos consoles Mohamed Salah

KIEV, UKRAINE – MAY 26: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid and Sadio Mane of Liverpool console Mohamed Salah of Liverpool as he leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Salah

Everyone might be talking about Liverpool signing Alisson Becker as their new number one, but the key player for the club once again will be Mo Salah, if he manages to keep up is insane form from last season of course.

Salah won the Golden Boot and was a huge goalscoring threat for Klopp’s men, and looked like he’s getting right back to where he left off judging by his latest efforts in Liverpool’s pre-season game against Napoli, which they of course won 5-0.

City meanwhile prepared for the season by beating Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield, and certainly looked as though they were in brilliant form and ready to defend their title.

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