Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink predicts where Liverpool FC, Man City will finish
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gives his verdict on the Premier League title race between Liverpool FC and Man City
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is tipping Manchester City to pip Liverpool FC to the Premier League title this season.
The Merseyside outfit moved back to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday thanks to their 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool FC are now two points clear of Manchester City, but Jurgen Klopp’s men have played one game more than Pep Guardiola’s defending champions.
Both of the title challengers have Champions League quarter-finals to contend with on the horizon, with Liverpool FC taking on FC Porto and Manchester City playing Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur next month.
And despite admitting that he has been impressed by Liverpool FC’s progress this season, Hasselbaink feels that Manchester City will still have too much in the title race for the Reds to contend with.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Hasselbaink said: “I definitely think Liverpool are maturing as a team and getting closer to City, but I still don’t see them winning the title.
“When I look at City’s run-in, I can see them staying unbeaten and even going to Old Trafford and beating Manchester United if they have to.
“The big thing that could cost Liverpool is the Champions League.
“The longer they are in Europe, the more I think they are likely to drop Premier League points.
“At full strength, when you compare their strongest XI to City’s, there is not much between them, but Klopp’s bench is simply not as strong as City’s.
“Liverpool will have injuries or even just fatigue to deal with in the final few weeks of the season and for me, that is when they might just fall short.”
He continued: “I thought the gap at the top of the table would be smaller than it was last season when City finished 19 points clear [of second-placed Man United].
“But I did not expect Liverpool to be in this position. They have done exceptionally well.”
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday 31 March.
The Reds are still looking to win their first major trophy under Klopp since his appointment at Anfield back in October 2015.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are aiming to defend the title that they won in style under Guardiola last term.