Klopp’s City title claim
Jurgen Klopp has claimed that had City experienced the same injury issues that Liverpool have they would not have won the title.
He has risked being labelled a sore loser in his assumptions but he has explained his theory.
“With our injuries it was not the year to become champions,” Klopp said. When pressed on whether any club could have won the title with the injuries they have suffered this season he replied, “No chance – for nobody.
“As good as they are, if City have their three centre-halves out, no [they don’t win the league]. Three centre-halves of [Manchester] United, no.
“We have fought back a bit, accepted the difficulties and made the best of it, and if we win on Sunday, and if we qualify for the Champions League, then we made the best of it. That is it.”
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Liverpool purchased two centre-halves in January with Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies coming in.
Is Klopp right?
It is seemingly a substantiated claim considering how good City have been defensively this season.
They lost Nathan Ake for a large spell through his own injury problems but the presence of Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have kept a sturdy backline in check.
However, the presence of Ake in the absence of those three is a quality back-up option that would start for many clubs in the Premier League.
Beyond the Dutchman, Eric Garcia, destined for Barcelona when his contract expires, was another quality option for Guardiola this season.
Ultimately, Liverpool were less prepared for injuries than City and were the unfortunate ones to experience the chronic issues this year.
City would have likely invested in January like Liverpool had they been affected.
However, it is impossible to know categorically how City would have handled it. Liverpool have suffered through Sadio Mane’s poor form and needing Mohamed Salah to carry them through certain games with his goals.
City meanwhile are filled to the brim with attacking potential and depth, and therefore, perhaps they would have been able to still outscore opponents despite conceding more goals?
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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