Former Manchester United and Premier League-winning captain Roy Keane believes the title race is already over after Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.
Keane, 48, oversaw the Premier League title clash in the Sky Sports studio (10/11/2019 4:30pm) as the Reds climbed eight points adrift at the summit of the league table and the former Republic of Ireland international has tipped Liverpool to finally bring the famous trophy back to Anfield for the first time in 30 years.
‘They’re [Liverpool] in great form. I’m not a betting man, but I think it’s done,’ said Keane.
‘It’s not supposed to be easy. If it was easy everyone would win league titles. But it’s not, it’s meant to be tough and demanding, and that’s why when you get there it’s absolutely fantastic.
‘If you’re in the Liverpool dressing room you’ll be thinking bring it on.
If there was anyone as qualified to talk about the mentality needed to win league titles then there is no better man to look to than Keane. Liverpool have made the joint-best start to a league season after 12 games registering an eye-watering 34 points – from a possible 36.
With the European champions still the only unbeaten team left in the country, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder isn’t being too drastic to suggest that the league title is already over. No team has ever lost the Premier League title from the same point as Liverpool – with City winning the league crown on both occasions from the same position in 2012 and 2018.
However, as repetitive and dull it may seem, Liverpool can only look at one game at a time. It would be foolish to think that Klopp’s team will be getting ahead of themselves for inflicting revenge to the side that snatched the title from their grasp by a point last season.
Despite that, it was always going to be vital to see if Liverpool could take points from a team they struggled so desperately to beat the previous campaign. The Reds already have more points from their biggest title rivals as they did in the 2018/19 season where they were only able to take one from a possible six points.
These are the margins where success is won and lost. It may only be match-week 12, but Liverpool will feel that their biggest hurdle since the Champions League final back in June was surpassed with flying colours.