Manchester City’s £62.8m midfielder Rodri claims Liverpool are the best team in England and Europe.
“The team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been seen the last two seasons,” he told ESPN. “They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.
“They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
Now, as the champions of Europe, Liverpool certainly have a claim to that crown. They’re also top of the league by eight points, we shouldn’t forget, after a perfect start to the Premier League season.
But Rodri has jumped the gun in his attempt to present City as the underdog in the title race – Liverpool have much to prove.
For one thing, winning the league always has been a better marker of a team’s ability than European competition. You can fluke the latter – even if the Reds didn’t last year.
But a European campaign can be upset by one bad day, unlike a title race. Domestic success comes with consistent brilliance and City showed a fraction more of that last season.
And until Liverpool prove they can deliver a league title, they’ll be the underdogs. They need to earn the title as ‘best of England’.
They may well do it this year but you can’t finish second and claim to be the best a few months later. This is Liverpool, after all, a club that knows what being the best really is.
And the Reds shouldn’t settle for anything other than being considered the undisputed best as league champions.