Neville says Manchester City have may already conceded the title
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said that Manchester City may have conceded the Premier League title to Liverpool after falling eight points behind the Merseyside giants. The Citizens edged the Reds to the English crown by just one point last term but that ensured that they secured a second league title on the bounce.
For the current season, the Citizens have already fallen eight points behind the Reds at the top following surprise defeats to Wolves and Norwich City, and Neville believes Jurgen Klopp’s side are now favourite to win their maiden Premier League title. He added that the reigning champions have been hampered by the departure of Vincent Kompany and injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, and they are no longer solid in the defensive scheme of things.
He told Sky Sports: “I don't think they'll lose it from here. 30 games to go, I did the Everton City game last week and City are not right. They're not right, they've set such a high standard. The back four isn't right. They're conceding chances, they just didn't concede chances last year and the year before that. They're not right, they're not like they were. They set such high standards and Liverpool matched that standard barring a hair's breadth last season.”
Laporte and Kompany were hugely in the title pursuit during the backend of the previous campaign and they eventually ended the season with a domestic treble. The departure of Kompany did not tempt the Citizens to pursue a replacement and they now seem to be paying the price with Laporte out with a serious knee injury until March.
Stones, on the other hand, is expected to return from a thigh problem next month but there are still doubts regarding his fitness for the long term. Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho made up the central defence against Wolves on Sunday and they had a forgettable game with Adama Traore scoring twice during the final 10 minutes.