Liverpool have set some ridiculous standards in recent years. The consistency of Jürgen Klopp’s side has been staggering. The Reds have amassed 196 points over the past two seasons. Manchester City were tipped to challenge Liverpool this season but early signs are that they aren’t up to the task. Gary Neville has said that Manchester City “look well behind” Liverpool.
Sunday saw Liverpool’s supposed closest title challengers absolutely humiliated at home.
Manchester City conceded five at home to Leicester City, losing the game 5-2.
Jamie Vardy netted a hat-trick with the second goal a delightful finish. James Maddison curled one into the top corner from distance and Youri Tielemans rounded things off from the spot.
Despite their two goals, City were thoroughly outplayed. The midfield was ran off the park by the Foxes and the City backline looked as naive as ever.
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Manchester City well behind Liverpool
Gary Neville was as disappointed in Pep Guardiola’s side as anybody, the Sky Sports pundit was ruthless in his assessment of the Citizen’s performance.
The ex-Manchester United man was emphatic in his opinion, telling Sky Sports that Manchester City are quite far off Liverpool:
“Is it fair to say that as [Guardiola] stands on the touchline here today with no title last season, he has got the biggest job that he has probably ever had in football at this moment in time, to win the title again.
“He could go two seasons without it because they do look well behind Liverpool compared to what we saw at Stamford Bridge last week. We know the standard that Liverpool are setting.
“When you think of the business they have done in the last week. I know it is early but Liverpool will be watching this game and they will gain in confidence from this. You do.”
What RTK has to say
We can’t argue with Neville here. Manchester City already had some task on their hands when challenging Liverpool this season, if they continue to play as poorly as they did yesterday then the contest could be over sharpish.
If Liverpool manage to maintain their strong start to the season with a victory over Arsenal then we will have drawn first blood in this title race.
The Reds looked professional and impressive against Chelsea, they looked like a team set to retain the title in a businesslike manner. City looked shaky and lacking in confidence against Leicester City.
Gary Neville is completely right, Manchester City are well behind Liverpool.