Phil Thompson predicts where Liverpool FC, Man City will finish
The Liverpool FC legend discusses whether Jurgen Klopp's side can win the Premier League title
Phil Thompson has conceded that Liverpool FC will miss out on a first Premier League title in the 2018-19 season.
The Reds have made a promising start to the Premier League campaign following a return of eight victories and two stalemates to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table.
Liverpool FC have managed to avoid losses to Chelsea FC and Manchester City, drawing with their direct title rivals and picking off the smaller teams in the English top flight so far.
Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t hit the same attacking heights as last season, but the Reds have made a marked improvement defensively after conceding three times in 10 outings.
Liverpool FC have a great record against defending champions Manchester City in recent seasons, winning three of their four meetings in all competitions in the 2017-18 campaign.
However, Pep Guardiola managed to halt the onslaught in their meeting last month after the Citizens held Liverpool FC to a 0-0 draw and had the chance to win but Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty.
Former Liverpool FC defender Thompson believes Manchester City will retain their Premier League title despite Liverpool FC’s best efforts in the current campaign.
“City still look just too strong for the rest, although Liverpool do have a chance but they’ll have to do everything right to get the better of them over the course of a season,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea have impressed me so far and with Hazard they can take third.”
Klopp has been tasked with restoring Liverpool FC to the pinnacle of English football given the Reds haven’t won the top flight crown since 1990 under Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool FC have finished in second place on three occasions, under Gerard Houllier in 2002, under Rafael Benitez in 2009 and under Brendan Rodgers in 2014.
Klopp has led the Reds to successive top-four finish and three finals in the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League since taking over the reins at the Merseyside outfit.
The German head coach won two Bundesliga titles during his stint in charge of Borussia Dortmund.