Liverpool and Manchester City are gearing up for another classic Premier League title race and Garth Crooks believes Pep Guardiola’s side plays better football.
I’ll be the first Liverpool fan to tell the former Stoke City and Tottenham star that it doesn’t matter whether or not the reigning champions play the more attractive brand of football or not.
However, if the Reds are top of the table on the final day of the season, that’s all that really counts and Pep will be the first to admit it.
That said, there’s not much between the two teams as far as the stats are concerned and beyond the numbers, it’s down to preference.
Garth Crooks claims Man City play higher-quality football than Liverpool
Liverpool had the rare opportunity to put Man City under pressure at the weekend by being the first team up to bat.
They faced West Ham at Anfield in what predictably turned out to be a tense affair as David Moyes’ side turned up and used their physicality and clever movement to unlock Liverpool’s offside trap.
The Reds held onto their 1-0 lead but Manchester City were not to be bullied mentally as they followed the Merseysiders’ lead from earlier this season and thrashed Man Utd.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost 5-0 to Liverpool at Old Trafford and Ralf Rangnick only lost 4-1.
Crooks wrote for BBC Sport: “City might be six points clear at the top of the table but Liverpool have a game in hand and the slightest slip would let them in.
“Liverpool don’t play the quality of football City do but that won’t stop them from getting their hands on the title given the opportunity.”
Liverpool can cause title upset but need to remain perfect – a huge ask
While fans wanted Luis Diaz to come in during the winter transfer window simply to provide depth in attack, it has brought unwittingly lifted the squad and while winning the Carabao Cup has a lot to do with it, marquee signings are an underrated aspect of Manchester City’s success.
Diaz will go down as a key factor in Liverpool’s season if they go on to win the title but they will need to be perfect.
There are 11 games left in the Reds’ league season and Jurgen Klopp’s side can finish on 96 points. Man City can finish on 99 which may go down as one of the most epic title deciders of all time.
The two sides meet on the 10th of April.