Liverpool vs Manchester City: Anyone claiming Premier League title race is already over ‘should be put back i

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Anyone claiming Premier League title race is already over ‘should be put back i
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Danny Murphy believes anyone claiming the Premier League title race between Liverpool and Manchester City is already over should be ‘put back in the asylum’.

The Reds went five points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday, as they continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-1 win over Newcastle.

Sadio Mane scored a fine brace in Liverpool’s win over Newcastle at Anfield

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Sadio Mane scored a fine brace in Liverpool’s win over Newcastle at Anfield

Defending champions City, meanwhile, endured a nightmare weekend as they suffered a shock defeat to Norwich City that leaves them a little behind in second place.

Following the game, Pep Guardiola joked ‘congratulations to champions Liverpool’ and insisted any talk of his side being out of the title race is premature.

But that didn’t stop some from saying exactly that, with even Ian Holloway telling talkSPORT on Monday morning that he ‘just can’t see Liverpool slipping up’ this term given their remarkable run of form.

The win over Newcastle was Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 14thin a row – a run which stretches back way into last term.

But Murphy insists anyone suggesting the Reds have already won the title after just five games is insane and has a very short memory.

“You can put them back in the asylum, those people,” the former Liverpool midfielder told Jim White.

“In January last year Liverpool were six points clear, so let’s not get carried away.”

 

Murphy also insists you can’t count out champions City just because of the injury to top centre-back Aymeric Laporte, who has been ruled out for FOUR MONTHS with a serious knee injury.

Asked if City can win the title with the same back-four that conceded three goals against Norwich, he added: “Yes, I think City can still win the title.

“I’ve tipped Liverpool, but City can mix it up. I know they’ve got injuries, but they could put Fernandinho at centre-half, they could put Kyle Walker at centre-half.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Norwich at the weekend

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Pep Guardiola’s Man City suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Norwich at the weekend

“They could change it tomorrow and go on a ten game winning run, they’ve got that much quality [in their squad].

“Yes, there were some silly mistakes from City against Norwich, but let’s not write them off – we’re not even out of September!”