Gary Neville believes Liverpool are playing in a level which could acquire them the Premier League title this season – and fears Aymeric Laporte’s injury could prove expensive for Manchester City.
Liverpool continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-0 triumph in Burnley on Saturday evening, making sure that they venture into the worldwide split two points ahead of City in the Premier League’s peak.
Sky Sports’ Neville has been impressed by Jurgen Klopp’s side’s start to the year.
“I had been watching Liverpool at Burnley and that I had this feeling,” the former Manchester United defender said.
“I said last year I believed they had been a championship team. They’re a tournament team. They’re currently playing in a level that could win the title.
“You saw them at Burnley, and they weren’t brilliant in the first 20 minutes, but they move and find a goal and then another goal.
“You speak about the clinical element of a team. The piece that is defensive is correct, the bit is right, and also the midfield appears solid and experienced. They are a title-winning team plus they had been last year, basically with everything they did.”
Manchester City also have begun the defence of their title in remarkable fashion.
Pep Guardiola’s side, that are next in the table, have swept aside Bournemouth West Ham and Brighton, with a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham the sole blemish so far on those champions’ listing.
However, Neville has worries about City following the knee injury sustained by defender Laporte in the triumph over Brighton in summer goal Harry Maguire instead at Manchester United and the weekend, particularly with Vincent Kompany not in the club.
Laporte went down under a challenge at the Etihad Stadium from Brighton centre-back Adam Webster in the minute of the game. Holding midfielder Fernandinho was then stretchered off after getting medical care and substituted the Frenchman.
After the match Guardiola shown the protector could be out for a”while”.
“In case Laporte’s harm is a serious one, it’s a significant issue for City,” Neville said.
“I stated a couple weeks ago that I was struggling to understand why City didn’t follow Harry Maguire with Vincent Kompany departing the club.
“I thought Kompany won them the Celtics in the previous 10 matches of last season when he played in all those games. Forget the Leicester moment that was spectacular, I believed his leadership held them together when Liverpool were implementing pressure just like you would not think.
“With regards to that leader-type figure, I think Laporte has that.
“I think this will cost City points,” he further added. “To be fair, there is no one greater in the world at training than Pep Guardiola, full stop. And there is no one better at making what would be play well.
“I watched two Champions League finals where Barcelona had Javier Mascherano and Yaya Toure playing with centre-back from Manchester United. So, I am not going to sit here and make the error of believing Guardiola can’t turn into a Fernandinho or even a Kyle Walker since they have that much of the ball during games.
“What I would say is that if Laporte is outside for quite a while, I think that it will cost City points since he’s a dominant centre-back. I saw him in Spain three occasions and he’s a wonderful player. It is a real stress for City.
“Maguire would’ve been perfect. Manchester United did to get him but I’m surprised City did not go alongside United for him. They did and that they pulled out because of the cash in the end or whatever it was.
“I only think with Kompany departing, he was Belgian, however he had been an conservative throw your head at it centre-back in both boxes that if you move to particular grounds from the Premier league you are playing.
“When balls flew into the box and the pressure-built, Vincent Kompany stood tall and made certain they all left.
“That’s the one downer from the weekend for City and if I had been a City fan it could worry me at the short-term and the medium-term, based on how long he had been out for.”

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