According to former Reds winger, John Barnes, his team is not ready to challenge Manchester City for the English Premier League trophy this season.

For the past two seasons, Liverpool has fought hard to try to win the English Premier League title.

But in the end, Manchester City has been crowned the English champion.

And this season everything can change, as former Reds winger John Barnes believes his old team is close to the championship.

“In terms of consistency, yes they’re closing in on City,” Barnes told FourFourTwo.

“When they play at their best, they’re as good as anybody, but they haven’t been consistent until now.”

“Now they are, so yes, I think they’ll push Manchester City again. I think those two are way ahead of the other four: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham,” he added.

“Klopp’s got that passion that football fans like, he wears his heart on his sleeve.”

Barnes continued: “Scousers like to show their feelings, so he’s a great fit.”

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“And he’s also a great manager because he understands what he wants from his team and his players reflect that, with the endeavor and the intensity with which they play, but also the quality.”

“It’s different with Manchester City, who are a much more technical team,” he commented.

“Klopp and Pep Guardiola are both technical coaches but just in a different way. There’s no right or wrong in this sort of situation.”

“But City don’t really play with that same intensity and drive. They control the game, and they may beat Liverpool as they did in the league, but in terms of what the Liverpool fans like, what they want, Klopp’s team suits them perfectly,” he concluded.


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