Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has given Premier League leaders Liverpool a glowing compliment following their inspiring form this season.
The European champions are currently eight points clear at the league summit and comfortably secured their passage to the Champions League knockout stages after beating RB Salzburg on Tuesday.
Kompany, 33, is currently overseeing a player/managerial position at Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The former Citizens skipper made 360 appearances for Manchester City from 2009 – 2019 lifting four Premier League titles during that time.
The Belgium international famously shattered Liverpool hearts following his stunning winning goal against Leicester City in May that effectively took the title to the Etihad Stadium as opposed to Anfield.
However, since Kompany’s departure – as well as injury to Aymeric Laporte – there has been a gargantuan defensive void left in the former Hamburger SV defender’s absence. Pep Guardiola’s team are currently 14 points behind Liverpool in the league table and have leaked 25 goals in 16 league games.
Liverpool meanwhile have made a club-record start to a league campaign racking up an eye-watering 46 points from a possible 48. Klopp’s team have only lost one game in their previous 51 league matches – the only defeat in that time was against City – and they are unbeaten at Anfield in the league since April 2017.
Kompany has opened up on his experiences against Liverpool and the two English heavyweight’s growing rivalry in recent years.
The English and European champions have comfortably established themselves as the best two teams in the country governed by the two best managers in world football.
City won their last 14 league matches to pip Liverpool to the title by a point and Kompany recalls the gruelling run that left no margin for error.
Speaking to Four Four Two, Kompany said: “To win every game, and to have to win every game from January, is something really special.
“I watch Liverpool and see a team near perfection,” he said. “I have so much respect for them – for the club, its history and the manager – but I tell you what: I want to beat them more than anyone else. To do that, there’s no room for errors.
“If you want to do well against Liverpool, only extreme measures will give you a good result. But as soon as you start playing, the plans matter less and less. It’s about desire.”
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Kompany’s absence for City has meant that the current league holders are unlikely to make it three-in-a-row come May.
His comments pay testament to the incredible job Jurgen Klopp has done to transform Liverpool into one of Europe’s finest teams.
Liverpool are looking not only to record a first league title since 1990 but simultaneously reach a third consecutive Champions League final in Istanbul come May.
The Reds have gone up another level from last season whilst City look miles of Liverpool’s relentless run of form.
Should Liverpool end 30 years of pain and deliver the Holy Grail supporters will certainly have Vincent Kompany to thank for his influence on where the title will have ended up come the end of the 2019/20 campaign.