Liverpool will only avoid winning the Premier League title if they bottle the run in, and hand the trophy back to Manchester City, according to Citizens legend Shaun Goater.
Liverpool are the most likely winners of this season’s Premier League title, and it’s in their hands at the moment, claimed Manchester City hero Shaun Goater. The only way Jurgen Klopp won’t win the title this season is if they slip up, and hand it back to the current champions, City.
The Reds deserve to be at the top of the table, after their terrific start to the season, admitted Goater.
City can’t afford to lose any more games if they still want to win this year’s Premier League title.
It’s Liverpool’s title to lose at the moment, he said, meaning the only way Klopp won’t lift the trophy in May, is if they bottle it.
Liverpool are currently 14 points ahead of champions City, and eight points ahead of second-placed Leicester City.
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“I think the title isn’t over,” Goater told Express Sport.
“But I also think City can’t afford to slip up anymore.
“I think right now it’s in Liverpool’s hands to give it back at this moment in time, if you know what I mean.
“I think it’s not so much City saying ‘here you go’, because Liverpool’s earned to be where they are, and they haven’t slipped up and they haven’t lost a game. They deserve the credit and plaudits.
“So yeah, City can’t afford to lose another game, and I think it’s in Liverpool’s hands to hand it back, and say ‘we don’t want it’.”
Liverpool have won all of their 16 Premier League matches this season, bar a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
They haven’t scored as many goals as Pep Guardiola’s side, but – crucially – they’ve conceded five fewer.
The reigning champions City have dropped 16 points this season, and have lost four matches.
But, Liverpool have been more fortunate with injuries this season, as opposed to City, who have a long list of absentees.
Alisson missed seven league matches at the start of the season with a calf injury, but until now, that has been their only real lengthy layoff.
City, meanwhile, have been without star defender Aymeric Laporte since August, while Leroy Sane ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Community Shield.
Record signing Rodri missed almost a month earlier this season with a muscle injury, and Oleksandr Zinchenko is still recovering from October’s knee surgery.
“[Liverpool] have been fortunate with no injuries, so they’ve been able to maintain their standard,” said Goater.
“Injuries is probably the biggest factor at the moment, as much as Klopp.
“I think Fernandinho is brilliant and has done a superb job. But at the same time, we’re just not at full strength.”
Liverpool face bottom-of-the-table Watford on Saturday (12.30pm), while City head to Arsenal on Sunday (4.30pm).