John Aldridge has warned Liverpool that all Manchester City need to do is splash out another £100m on a centre-back to catch-up to them.
City’s defence of their Premier League title is under heavy threat this season once again in the form of Liverpool.
The Reds’ perfect start to the new campaign has allowed them to build a staggering eight-point lead at the top of the standings. While Pep Guardiola’s injury-stricken defence has stumbled lately.
The most recent one of which came in City’s 2-0 home defeat to Wolves last weekend after two late goals from Adama Traore.
And Guardiola has already ruled out any defence cover arriving in the January transfer window. Apparently, the club don’t have the cash to go out and sign a new world-class defender in the new year.
But Aldridge is adamant the Catalan coach will splash out another £100m or more if City’s injury problems derail his plans.
Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “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.
“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 centre-back as soon as he can because he knows that defence 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.”