‘To catch City is like climbing Everest’: Pundits weigh in on Premier League title race after champions dismissed challengers Chelsea… but warn Pep Guardiola that ‘Everest has been climbed before’
- Ian Wright and Danny Murphy have weighed in on the Premier League title race
- Pundits admit that catching up to Manchester City ‘is like climbing Everest’ now
- Liverpool are City’s closest challengers following Chelsea’s loss at the Etihad
- However, Murphy warned Pep Guardiola that ‘Everest has been climbed’ before
Jurgen Klopp‘s side have leapfrogged Chelsea into second place and are Pep Guardiola’s closest challengers, however the Citizens still have an 11 point lead over Liverpool.
With other teams suffering with injuries and losing important players to the Africa Cup of Nations, Wright and Murphy feel that the task of overtaking City may be insurmountable.
Pundit Ian Wright says catching up to Manchester City now ‘is like climbing Everest’
Pep Guardiola’s side are now 11 points ahead of Liverpool and 13 points ahead of Chelsea
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Wright said: ‘Manchester City are flying, so it’s going to take a lot for anybody to take points off of them. So Liverpool are in a position where they have to win every game.
‘What they want is, by the time the two main guys get back there, they still want to be in and around it. I can’t see City dropping points, but Liverpool cannot afford to drop any.’
Currently, Liverpool are without top scorer Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita as they are all representing their respective countries at AFCON.
Jurgen Klopp is without Mo Salah (right), Sadio Mane and Naby Keita until the end of AFCON
Building on what Wright said, ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that whilst it will be difficult to catch Guardiola’s side, it’s not impossible.
Murphy said: ‘At the moment for Liverpool, results are better than performances. You’d rather play badly and win at this stage of the season.
‘To catch City, is like climbing Everest. But Everest has been climbed before.
‘Liverpool are the only side who have taken the title off City in recent years, so there’s got to be some belief in there.’
Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy says that the Reds can catch Manchester City