Rio Ferdinand explained why Manchester City is ahead of Liverpool in this season’s Premier League title race.
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Rio Ferdinand highlighted the “small margins”These factors have helped Manchester City to win the title race for the Premier League’s crown.
City currently holds a six-point lead over the Reds. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side still have a game in their hands and are preparing for a trip at the Etihad.
To close the gap to just three points, the Merseysiders won a hard-fought victory over West Ham at the weekend. This was ahead of Sunday’s potentially difficult derby against Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola’s team defeated Manchester United 4-1 to regain their lead in the title race.
Former Red Devil Ferdinand identified the following before City’s Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday “small margins”Guardiola’s side has an advantage over Liverpool, he says.
“There have been small margins,”Ferdinand stated. “The Everton game, City snuck through with a bit on luck, in the cup, people were saying ‘they’re out of form, off it’ then all of a sudden, the Manchester derby.
“Liverpool are also favourites in this scenario.
“A lot of people are changing, saying Liverpool will be a team with momentum, but after the game at the weekend, I can’t see anything but Man City getting their hands on the Premier League.”
City seemed to feel the pressure of leading the charge as they suffered a surprise defeat to Tottenham by 3-2. Tottenham was their top summer target Harry Kane.
Guardiola’s side appeared to be losing more points in the Premier League match. They were facing Everton at Goodison Park, who are struggling.
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Phil Foden pounced and scored a late win in a match that was marred when VAR refused to award the Toffees another penalty after Rodri’s handball.
City, having survived the scare, looked back at their imperious best Sunday. City defeated United, their rivals – a match they considered to be one their hardest remaining fixtures.
Ferdinand was positive Guardiola’s side would make it to the final after their Manchester derby win, but the Spaniard was much more cautious.
Following the United triumph, Guardiola stated: “We are trying to win the Premier League with 10 games left.
“We have to make [claim]All points are needed to be champions. I have the feeling many things are going to happen until the end of the season – tight games are going to happen.
“We are six points ahead but this is a fake lead as they have one more game to play.
“My dream is to be there until the end [of the race].”
Other than their critical clash with Liverpool, an away trip to sixth-placed West Ham looks the toughest of City’s remaining fixtures on paper in a relatively straight-forward run-in.
In contrast, Liverpool are still to play City, United, Arsenal and Tottenham, while also facing the small matter of a Merseyside derby at Anfield.