Liverpool were eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table before the international break. The Reds had won 17 games in a row in the league and were looking an unstoppable force. After this weekend’s play, Liverpool’s lead at the top has been cut down to six points. Despite the shortening of the gap at the top, Manchester City icon Stuart Pearce believes Liverpool will win the league ‘comfortably’.
Pearce is well liked at Manchester City, he played his final professional season at the club and remained at the side as part of Kevin Keegan’s coaching staff before eventually becoming the side’s manager for two seasons. Speaking on talkSPORT on the morning of the 21st of October 2019, he told Alan Brazil “I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year”.
The Reds lead was reduced by two points as Manchester City won away at Crystal Palace and Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Despite dropping points at Old Trafford, Klopp still boasts a 26 game unbeaten run, a record that Pearce isn’t convinced they can maintain, he continued “I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.”
With a gap of six points and the Reds still yet to play Pearce’s old side, the former England U21’s boss believes that City being forced to attack will play into Klopp’s hands, saying “if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play, that might just suit Liverpool.”
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The first meeting between the two title rivals comes in just a few weeks as Manchester City visit Anfield on the 10th of November.