Liverpool could put an end to Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League this afternoon, according to Noel Gallagher
The Reds may not be in contention for the championship this season, but with both of the current top two scheduled to play within the next nine days, they could still have a significant impact on where the trophy goes.
Today, they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s team, who are currently eight points behind league leaders Arsenal. Depending on how each team performs this afternoon, that difference could grow to eleven points.
One of Man City’s most well-known fans, Gallagher, worries that despite Liverpool’s inconsistent play this year, they’ll put on a strong performance today to undermine the champions’ chances of winning a third straight title.
The former Oasis singer and guitarist made the following statement on talkSPORT’s The Breakfast Show on Friday: “I think if City were to drop any points here and Arsenal were to win [against Leeds], I mean it is in their hands anyway, but I think if we don’t win and they win this weekend I think we can kiss the title goodbye.
“Because Liverpool always shows up to play against us, we know what team they will field. Always. They will play us tomorrow morning with everything on the line, and they will likely perform horribly in the game that follows.
Gallagher is right to be skeptical about Jurgen Klopp’s team winning at the Etihad today because the Reds frequently have the upper hand on
Before the Sky Blues were eliminated from the Carabao Cup at Christmas, Liverpool had won the teams’ previous three meetings and was riding a five-match winning streak overall.
There is little escaping the Jekyll-and-Hyde nature of our league results this season, as evidenced by the 55-year-comment old’s that the Merseysiders might beat City today but then be “dreadful” in subsequent games.
The Reds have defeated four of the current top five teams, including Guardiola’s team, with Manchester United suffering a 7-0 thrashing at Anfield and both Tottenham and Newcastle falling to Klopp’s squad at their own stadium.
In contrast, we’ve suffered defeats to Wolves (3-0), Leeds (their lone away victory in the top flight this season), Nottingham Forest, and Bournemouth (both promoted last year), four of the current bottom eight teams, all of whom are very much in danger of being relegated.
Liverpool still has a chance to influence how the title race is portrayed since Arsenal will play the following weekend after today’s game against City (and Chelsea the following week).
Gallagher’s worst fears may come true if the Reds win today, but we’ll still have the chance to do his team a huge favor soon—even though we’ll be looking at it through the lens of trying to salvage a top-four finish.