BBC Sport pundit: Why Liverpool FC have advantage over Man City in title race
Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas explains why Aymeric Laporte's injury is a big boost to Liverpool FC's title hopes
Jermaine Jenas says Aymeric Laporte’s injury has shifted the Premier League title race in Liverpool FC’s favour.
Manchester City were 4-0 winners against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon to occupy top spot in the Premier League table for a couple of hours before Liverpool FC beat Burnley 3-0.
However, the defending champions’ resounding victory over Brighton came at a cost after Laporte suffered an apparent knee injury following a clash with Adam Webster during the first half at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho was introduced to replace Laporte as Pep Guardiola’s side eased to a comfortable three points in spite of the Frenchman’s injury.
Laporte was a key part of the Manchester City team that won the Premier League title last term as the former Athletic Bilbao defender proved a rock in the heart of Guardiola’s defence.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas believes Laporte’s injury setback is a major boost to Liverpool FC’s hopes of winning the Premier League title this season.
“It doesn’t look good and it will be something that will annoy Pep Guardiola,” Jenas told Match of the Day.
“He’s all about the details and it’s a poor pass from Zinchenko in the first place, Rodri then should be bringing down Webster as they’re on the counter attack and you can give away a foul.
“Laporte has to come out and make the challenge and he gets it wrong.
“The action on his knee does not look good and the way he played last year and how good he is, this is the type of bad injury that shifts the title towards Anfield.”
Liverpool FC centre-half Virgil van Dijk was named the Uefa Player of the Year last week ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Netherlands international helped the Reds to keep their first clean sheet of the season on Saturday thanks to a 3-0 victory at Burnley.