Stan Collymore delivers Liverpool title verdict
By Harvey Byrne
Stan Collymore has stated that he can’t see either of Liverpool or Chelsea winning the league and has stuck to his guns with Manchester City.
The outspoken pundit has told fans that he thinks they’ll be battling for a Champions League place at the end of the season instead of the Premier League crown, which will head Pep Guardiola’s way.
He has stated that he predicted the Manchester club to win the title before the season started and thought that Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool would make up the rest of the top four.
He is now refusing to budge on his pre-season prediction even though the Reds sit at the top and two points ahead of Manchester City after 11 league fixtures.
“I know the Festive season is still a few weeks away but Chelsea and Liverpool fans be warned: I’m going to sound a bit like Scrooge here,” wrote Collymore in his column for the Mirror.
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“Because despite two fantastic performances from your sides over the weekend, I still think you’ll be battling it out for a Champions League spot come May but not for the Premier League crown.
“I hear some pundits saying, ‘Oh, well last week I thought Manchester City were going to win the league but this week I’m going to say Liverpool’.
“And that’s rubbish, it winds me up, because things don’t just change over a weekend or two.
“You have to look at the strength of a club’s first XI, squad depth, whether or not they have a 25-goal-season striker and an ability to keep clean sheets.”
He added this on the two teams further down in his column: “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been mightily impressed by Chelsea and Liverpool, who I had finishing second and fourth with Arsenal between them in my pre-season predictions.
“Chelsea are the Chelsea which won the title 18 months ago and Liverpool have shaken off that sense that they’d beat one of the big boys one week then go to Southampton and lose the next.
“But the ability Guardiola can draw upon and the ability he has to spend whatever he wants in January still gives City the edge.
“And don’t forget that Guardiola is still learning about the Premier League because he still hasn’t been here that long.”
Liverpool have won nine of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions and top the Premier League goal scoring charts with 30 goals from 11 matches.
However, their defence is the worst of the top seven sides conceding 14 goals and that ultimately stopped them from winning the title in 2014.
Although, much like that season they are currently without the distractions of European football and with one game most weeks they will have a slight advantage over City, who are competing in the Champions League.
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