Sky Sports pundit predicts where Liverpool FC, Man City will finish
The Arsenal legend is tipping Manchester City to deny Liverpool FC a first Premier League title
Charlie Nicholas has backed Manchester City to pip Liverpool FC to the Premier League title in the current campaign.
The Reds haven’t won the English top-flight crown since 1990, which places a lot of pressure on Jurgen Klopp and his players to end their title drought.
Klopp signed AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Monaco star Fabinho in the 2018 summer transfer window.
Alisson, in particular, has complemented Virgil van Dijk at the back to help Liverpool FC become one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League, despite their well-documented struggles under Klopp and his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
Only Manchester City have conceded less goals than Liverpool FC this term to highlight the giant strides that the Merseyside outfit have made at the back in the past 12 months.
Manchester City and Liverpool FC started the weekend level on points at the top of the Premier League table before Merseyside outfit’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Former Arsenal playmaker Nicholas is tipping Pep Guardiola’s side to win the Premier League title for the second successive season – and leave Liverpool FC in the runners-up spot.
“City still have the best squad in the league and, for me, they’ll just take it ahead of Liverpool, who should run them close,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea are all about Eden Hazard but if he stays fit then they should have enough for third.”
Liverpool FC have finished in second place in the Premier League on three occasions, during spells under the management of Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers.
There is a belief amongst Liverpool FC supporters that Klopp is the right manager to end their title drought given his success with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The charismatic head coach led Dortmund to successive title successes in 2010 and 2011 to see off the challenge of Bayern Munich.
Liverpool FC lost 2-1 to Chelsea FC in the League Cup third round back in September to end their hopes of winning the competition for the first time under Klopp.