Former defender Joleon Lescott has boldly claimed he wouldn’t select a single Liverpool in Manchester City’s current line-up
Liverpool are currently embroiled in a tense battle with Manchester City for the Premier League crown this season and hold a slender two-point lead, albeit having played a game more than their rivals.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane have received plenty of plaudits recently for their consistently strong performances, while new goalkeeper Alisson Becker has impressed between the sticks during his debut campaign at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side even boasts the Premier League’s best defensive record this season upon conceding just 18 times in their 31 matches.
But Lescott, who won the league title twice at City, is adamant he wouldn’t pick a single Liverpool player in his old club’s line-up.
“Both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp will each be happy with their own team and their players suit their styles of football,” Lescott told Sportingbet.
“I’m not sure I’d take a single one of Liverpool’s players for Man City’s team, but it’s fair to say both have put together great squads.
“From a Man City perspective, I have been very impressed with Aymeric Laporte this season, who has arguably made a similar impact to what Virgil Van Dijk has at Liverpool.”
On who will win the Premier League, Lescott added: “I expect Manchester City to go on to win the Premier League. It is interesting that they’ve been able to overtake Liverpool so quickly.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise that Man City have won the games they have, but rather that Liverpool have dropped points in recent weeks.
“They haven’t performed well in the games they should have done and Man City have been able to capitalise on that.
“Earlier on in the season, the title could have been Liverpool’s to lose but they threw the opportunity away with a bad run of games where they didn’t achieve what they should have done. It’s now in Manchester City’s hands and I don’t expect them to let it slip.
“Retaining the Premier League title will be Man City’s biggest achievement and to become the first side to do it since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from Manchester United is another camel off their backs in the city.”