Murphy says new Reds wouldn’t get in City side


Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has said that none of the new players at the club would get into Manchester City’s side.

The ex-England international was speaking to Talksport when he made the claim that just Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk would get a place in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

“Fabinho, Keita, Alisson are all good players and they give Liverpool strength in depth and competition for places, which does increase performance, but would any of those players get in City’s team?

“Salah and Van Dijk would get in City’s team. Other than that, probably no others.

“You can’t base your transfer policy on buying better players than City have. It is nearly impossible. You can’t buy a better player than De Bruyne in midfield, so you have to compete in a different way.

“What I like that Klopp has done is he has signed quality where he has needed it, the middle of the park they were lacking, there is great competition for places and he did it early.

“Shaqiri is a good one as well. That is not bad business the money they have spent there. He had a good World Cup and he will create competition for places.

“Liverpool have done really well and will bridge the gap with City.” he added.

Murphy, who also played for Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the Premier League, went on to claim that the new faces in Jurgen Klopp’s squad won’t make enough of a difference to win the title.

“I think the gap is too big to breach so quickly for some of the other teams chasing, like Liverpool and United.” he continued.

“For me, I think City will be champions again.

“They are an exquisite team now. Their confidence, their ability to rotate players and their ability to win even when not playing brilliantly is there for all to see.

“That game against Chelsea – although it’s only a Community Shield – just reiterates the competition they have for places. They won that game without three of their best players.

“For me, my top four would be City, then Liverpool, United and Tottenham.” he finished.

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