Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are most likely to win this year’s title, according to Stan Collymore, though the former striker feels Liverpool are more entertaining.
The two sides face each other on Thursday evening at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s respective teams the two favourites to win the league this season.
Will Man City beat Liverpool to the title? Five things you need to know…
- Liverpool are top of the Premier League with 54 points, six points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
- City are sat in third with a game in hand on Spurs with 47 points.
- The Citizens have lost three out of the last five Premier League games, while Liverpool remain unbeaten.
- But former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes City will still pip Liverpool to the title.
- A win for Liverpool on Thursday would put them 10 points ahead of Man City.
Former Reds striker Collymore has revealed how he believes that, even if Liverpool win Thursday’s vital Premier League fixture, the reigning champions will still be red-hot favourites to reclaim the title for their own.
“Even if Liverpool were to beat Manchester City 5-0 at the Etihad on Thursday, I’d still have Pep Guardiola’s men down as my favourites to win the title,” Collymore told the Mirror.
“That’s largely because City have had their wobble now and we know they have such a good squad. But it’s also because they have completed this course before and we know that counts for plenty.
“Liverpool, on the other hand, haven’t encountered any problems yet this season and we don’t know how they will respond when the inevitable slip does come. Positively, I’d imagine, but none of us can say for sure.”
Liverpool are without a league title in nearly three decades. After going close in 2013/14, the North West giants still await their first league title in 29 years.
Collymore feels this will add to the pressure Reds players feel during the run-in, adding: “I know Klopp doesn’t believe Liverpool’s lack of title-winning experience counts against them, but I’m not so sure.
“City know how to close out a season and know they’re capable of doing it, so the pressures on whichever side is leading in March or April will be significantly different.”
Are Liverpool more entertaining than Man City?
Both sides – along with Tottenham Hotspur – have been the most entertaining and consistent English teams this term and are therefore most likely to get their hands on the Premier League trophy in May.
No other team has scored more goals than the three named above, with Liverpool scoring 48 times and Man City bettering that with 54 goals.
Liverpool average 15.8 shots per game compared to City’s 17.9.
But Collymore prefers watching his old side as opposed to Guardiola’s men, explaining: “What I can say for sure at this stage of the season is that I prefer watching Liverpool at their best to City at theirs.”
Though he was full of praise for City, Collymore says the “metronomic” fashion of City’s play leaves “football purists” begging for something more.
He added: “The champions in full flow are metronomic — it’s pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, goal. It’s economical brilliance, like a hockey team, when it’s all on the deck and it’s stick, stick, stick, stick, stick, finish.
“But they remind me of the great Spain teams from 2008-2016, in that after a while, if you’re a football purist, you go, ‘Yes, this if great, but give me something more, something extra’.
“Liverpool are doing that. They have a swagger, a joy, a happiness.”