Former reds striker John Aldridge has told Liverpool they need to be wary of Manchester City. With Guardiola likely to spend big again in the January window.
Liverpool has raced off to a perfect start in the 2019/2020 Premier League season. The Merseyside Reds have been faultless, as they extended an eight-point gap between themselves and second-placed Manchester City.
An in-form Liverpool side have already been quoted Premier League Champions, following their impressive display so far. But Aldridge believes it’s too early to decide, and has warned the Merseyside reds of a tougher battle. With Pep Guardiola likely to address his issues when the transfer window reopens in January.
“With only eight games played this season, it is ridiculous to suggest the title race is anywhere near over, but there is no denying that we are seeing vulnerabilities from Manchester City that were not there last season,” Aldridge told the Irish Independent.
“Their 2-0 home defeat against Wolves on the back of the away loss at Norwich shows that this City team have cracks that are being exposed, with their defensive frailties in evidence yet again.
“John Stones will come back soon, but I don’t see him solving defensive problems that are stemming from the reality that Nicolas Otamendi is not up to the job of holding that back-line together in the absence of the departed Vincent Kompany and the injured Aymeric Laporte.
“City manager Pep Guardiola has said he won’t spend any money in the January transfer window, but I fully expect him to spend upwards of £100m on a center-back as soon as he can because he knows that defense will not be good enough to win the Premier League or Champions League.
“I also feel that Guardiola is more focused on European success than chasing more domestic glory now, with his celebrations as City beat Dinamo Zagreb in unconvincing fashion in the Champions League last week suggesting his sights are targeting Europe this season.
“He was jumping up and down on the touchline in that Champions League clash and has been urging City fans to create the kind of atmosphere in home matches that drove Liverpool to European glory last season, but that just won’t happen.
“Anfield on European nights is a unique experience and, try as they might, City fans will never be able to repeat it at their Etihad Stadium, so they face a tough challenge. They will need to keep buying their way to success if they are to conquer Europe.
“There are still 30 games to play in this Premier League season, so ignore anyone who tells you this title race is finished.”
Both clubs return to action on the 10th of October, following the international break. As Liverpool face a tough test away to Manchester United, while Manchester City visit Crystal Palace earlier on the same day.