Gary Neville believes Liverpool are playing in a level which could win the Premier League title to them this year – and anxieties Aymeric Laporte’s injury could prove costly for Manchester City.
Liverpool continued their 100 per cent start to the year with a 3-0 triumph evening, ensuring they venture in the Premier League’s peak.
Sky Sports’ Neville was impressed with the start of Jurgen Klopp’s side to the year.
“I was watching Liverpool in Burnley and that I had this feeling,” the former Manchester United defender said.
“I said last year that I believed they were a championship team. They’re a championship team. They’re playing in a level that may win the title.
“You watched them at Burnley, and they weren’t brilliant in the first 20 minutes, but they go and find a target and then another objective.
“You talk about the clinical section of a team. The defensive piece is correct, the attacking piece is right, and the midfield appears seasoned and strong. They are a title-winning team and they were last year, basically by everything they did”
Manchester City have begun the defence of their title.
Have swept aside West Ham, Bournemouth and Brighton, with a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham the blemish so far on the record of those winners.
Neville has concerns about City following the knee injury sustained by defender Laporte in the win over Brighton at summer target Harry Maguire at Manchester United and the weekend, especially using Vincent Kompany not in the club.
Laporte went down from Brighton centre-back Adam Webster in the 34th minute of the game. The Frenchman was then stretchered off after receiving medical care and was replaced by holding midfielder Fernandinho.
After the game Guardiola shown the protector could be out to get a”while”.
“In case Laporte’s injury is a serious one, it’s a big issue for City,” Neville explained.
“I stated a couple weeks ago I had been unable to understand why City did not follow Harry Maguire using Vincent Kompany leaving the club.
“I believed Kompany won them the Celtics in the previous ten games of last year when he played all those games. Forget the Leicester minute which was just magnificent, I believed they were held by his leadership together like you would not think when Liverpool were implementing pressure.
“In terms of that leader-type figure, I think Laporte has that.
“I think that will cost City points,” he added. “To be honest, there is not any one better on the planet at coaching compared to Pep Guardiola, complete stop. And there’s no one better at making what could be play well.
“I saw two Champions League finals where Barcelona’d Javier Mascherano and Yaya Toure playing centre-back against Manchester United. So, I am not going to sit here and make the mistake of believing only because they have that much of this ball during matches, even a Kyle Walker or into a Fernandinho can’t turn into a top centre-back.
“What I would say is that if Laporte is outside for a long time, I believe it will definitely cost City points because he’s a dominant centre-back. I found him in Spain three occasions and he is a fantastic player. It is a real anxiety for City.
“Maguire would have been perfect. Manchester United did to get him but I’m surprised City did not go for him. They did and that they pulled out because of whatever it was or the cash in the end.
“I only believe with Kompany leaving, he was Belgian, but he was an conservative throw your mind at it centre-back in both boxes that when you go to particular grounds in the Premier league you perform.
“When chunks flew into the box and also the pressure-built, Vincent Kompany stood tall and made certain they all left.
“That is the one downer out of this weekend City and if I was a City fan it would worry me at the short term and the medium-term, depending on how long he was out ”
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