‘I can’t see Liverpool slipping up this season’ – Ian Holloway backing Reds to beat Man City to Premier League

‘I can’t see Liverpool slipping up this season’ – Ian Holloway backing Reds to beat Man City to Premier League
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Ian Holloway has told talkSPORT he ‘can’t see Liverpool slipping up’ this season and believes the Reds will finally end their wait for the Premier League title.

Why? Because of two men – Liverpool’s ‘Rolls Royce’ centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Manchester City’s injured Aymeric Laporte.

Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side went five points clear at the top of the table after five games following this weekend’s action, which saw Liverpool beat Newcastle and title rivals City suffer a shock defeat at Norwich.

ON FIRE – Liverpool have won their opening five matches of the 2019/20 Premier League season

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ON FIRE – Liverpool have won their opening five matches of the 2019/20 Premier League season

City were a shambles at the back at Carrow Road as they badly missed top centre-back Laporte, who is facing more than FOUR MONTHS out with a serious knee injury.

And Holloway believes the Frenchman’s absence has swung the title race so far in Liverpool’s favour that he can’t see any other outcome than the Reds lifting their first league trophy in 30 years.

Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Premier League manager said: “Liverpool are phenomenal.

“Can you see them slipping up? I just can’t see it.

“Their back line with Van Dijk, he’s like a Rolls Royce. Even Joel Matip looks magnificent next to him.

“Whoever you put next to Van Dijk is sensational and I think that could be the bearing on this year.

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out until the new year through injury

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Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out until the new year through injury

“Pep Guardiola said Laporte was outstanding last season, and maybe we’re now seeing the fact that Man City’s wonderful team is missing one key element at the back.

“That might [decide] the whole thing.”

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Watch a clip of Ian Holloway on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above