Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why 'Plucky' Underdog Tag Doesn't Add Up

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why 'Plucky' Underdog Tag Doesn't Add Up

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THERE is still a third of this Premier League season to go and Liverpool are best-placed to go on and win the title.

It is in the hands of Jurgen Klopp's men, who will win the crown if they win all of their games - and may not need to given Pep Guardiola does not expect a flawless finish from his side.

So why do you get the feeling some of a Liverpool persuasion are getting their excuses in early? Linking City success with money comes easily for many and there is undeniable truth in there. The club has spent more than half a billion pounds in transfer fees in the three seasons that Guardiola has been in charge, and as such have a formidable squad and one stronger than Liverpool's - particularly in the midfield positions that the manager adores.

However, attempts this week to use City's bench at Everton with Liverpool's at West Ham to paint the title race as a David and Goliath story are simply and laughably wrong.

You could compare injuries at different points in the season given that it has taken 26 match weeks for City's injury situation to be worse than Liverpool's - even now, the sign of Kevin de Bruyne on the bench is more of a weakness for Guardiola given how much damage he caused last season on a football pitch.

You could point out how the two squads are built for different ambitions - City want to win four competitions, Liverpool want between one and two.

Why do you feeling Liverpool getting Having extra in early? Simon squad depth therefore doesn't necessarily make any difference in a singular competition.

Eight Leicester players started at least 33 of a possible 38 games when they won the title without other distractions in 2016, and 11 started at least 28, nine Chelsea players started at least 29 when Antonio Conte's men won the title the following year.

You could debate how long money matters for. …

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