Liverpool have the edge over Manchester City in Premier League title race, says Graeme Souness

Liverpool have the Advantage on Manchester City in the Premier League title race, according to Graeme Souness.

Opened up a five-point gap into defending champions Manchester City on the weekend after Pep Guardiola’s side fell to a surprise 3-2 defeat.
Aymeric Laporte’s absence, who faces up to 6 months out, has proven pricey with John Stones both fighting and Nicolas Otamendi .
If asked when Laporte’s lack gives Liverpool the border in the title race, Souness told Sky Sports News:”I believe so. With Laporte’s injury I thought City could find it hard from the bigger teams. With all due regard to Norwich, they did a number on these on the weekend.
“I thought they would get by in many games but against better teams they would find it difficult to defend and also get trapped out.
It is not a major advantage, you need to remember that we are still in September but first blood has gone into Liverpool. They’ve momentum and nobody is asking any questions of them while all eyes are on City.”
Souness feels that the aggressive execution culture is attracting the very best from the players of Liverpool.
“They are a team I don’t think anybody enjoys playing against because they’re competitive and they try every component of the game with the physicality and technique they all have,” he further added.
“They behave as a group. They have players who are ready to point fingers at team-mates if they aren’t at it although it’s unusual in the game. This makes them.
“They’re the team that nobody likes playing against, individuals will say that around City in a different manner. You have to be at your very best .”
Laporte’s absence should provide Stones a opportunity to have an extended streak in Guardiola.
Souness believes that the England international has the capability when he can improve his decision making to be among the best defenders in Europe.
“[City] need to trust Stones and Otamendi may form a partnership.
“I think Stones is just missing something, while it’s his decision? He’s got the capacity to be the best, better than all of them other than [Virgil] van Dijk.
“He needs to get his decision spot on, whether he gets that City could have one of the greatest centre-halves in the country, maybe beyond the country.”
Graeme Souness was speaking for Cancer Research UK during the Yearly Bobby Moore Charity Golf Day. All of the proceeds have been spent on bowel cancer study that was dedicated by Cancer Research UK.

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