• April 1, 2024
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Roy Keane has made a bold assertion, declaring Liverpool as the frontrunners in the race to usurp Manchester City from their Premier League throne. The former Manchester United captain’s comments came in the aftermath of City’s goalless draw against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, a result that saw Liverpool seize the opportunity to climb to the top of the table. Despite starting the weekend trailing both City and Arsenal, Klopp’s side showcased their title credentials with a gritty 2-1 victory over Brighton, subsequently propelling themselves into the coveted position at the summit.

Liverpool’s ascent to pole position marks a remarkable turnaround for the club, considering the skepticism that surrounded their title prospects at the start of the season. Following a summer rebuild and Jurgen Klopp’s announcement of his impending departure, few pundits predicted Liverpool to mount a serious challenge for the championship. However, the Reds have defied expectations and exceeded all projections, emerging as genuine contenders to secure domestic glory and bid farewell to Klopp with a triumphant send-off.

“Liverpool are the real winners of today, obviously winning and watching these two teams draw,” Keane told Sky Sports. “Liverpool will be delighted.”

He continued: “You’re looking at the table now and thinking Liverpool will be favourites for it, but with the amount of quality on the pitch that is why we’re disappointed [with the Man City/Arsenal game]. Arsenal, good team shape or whatever, clean sheet, but when you’re looking at the standards City have set themselves the last seven years – particularly De Bruyne and Foden – when they don’t quite reach that level you’re disappointed.

“We take it for granted these brilliant players will turn up, they’ve had an off day and will just have to take the point. I’m not sure it will be good enough at the end of the season for City.”