Liverpool come out of the January transfer window with a new advantage over Manchester City. The Reds may feel confident in the title race.
Liverpool and Manchester City have fought for Premier League titles in two of the last three years. They’re doing so again in this campaign, with Pep Guardiola’s side nine points clear of the Reds having played one game more.
You’d have to make them favourites for that reason, of course, but Liverpool can feel a bit of hope coming out of the transfer window. In fact, they appear to have an advantage over their rivals that they’ve never had before.
It’s one that just might help swing the title race.
Liverpool look good coming out of transfer window
While Liverpool have boasted a best XI as strong as City, they haven’t matched them in squad depth. In fact, they’ve come nowhere near in previous years – even as they won the title.
Coming out of this transfer window, though, there’s a sense that Liverpool do have a stronger selection of players, particularly in the forward roles.
City sold Ferran Torres to Barcelona, for one. It cuts their options up top to Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernado Silva. It’s a fine selection but Liverpool arguably boast stronger.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Diogo Jota have all been incredible this season. Salah, in particular, has been the best around. And now Liverpool have Luis Diaz as their new £49m option up top.
If he can deliver what we expect, then Liverpool have five forward options that even City struggle to match. The depth up top looks extraordinary and for the first time in the Pep Guardiola era, we’d argue that the Reds have their rivals beat.
It could prove a difference-maker as Liverpool attempt to play catchup. They’ll be able to call on a magnificent array of options as they battle on four fronts, counting on fresh forwards at every turn. The nine-point gap is a massive one but this depth gives the Reds a chance.