Stan Collymore insists that only three Liverpool players would get into the starting line-up of champions Manchester City.
The former Reds striker cites Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson (one of the full-backs of the season) and Mo Salah as the only players who would make the grade at City despite Liverpool beating them three times this season.
‘I’m not getting too carried away with the idea that Liverpool will be Manchester City’s main rivals for the Premier League crown next season,’ write Collymore in his Daily Mirror column.
‘They might have beaten them three times this term and that Champions League quarter-final might still be fresh in the memory but, by my reckoning, only three Liverpool players get into City’s starting line-up: Van Dijk, Mo Salah and Andy Robertson.
‘And I include Robertson only because City’s Benjamin Mendy has been out injured.
‘That shows how far they still have to go.
‘In midfield it has been seven out of 10, with room for a dominant new addition – hopefully, Naby Keita will be that man.
‘At the back, they have been a six overall and an eight in recent weeks and, even though Dejan Lovren has stepped up to the plate, I’d like to see at least one more central defender of Van Dijk’s quality brought in.
‘Someone who’d purr like a Rolls-Royce alongside the Dutchman, the way Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic did together for so many years at Old Trafford.
‘And I don’t care what anyone says, Liverpool need a new keeper as well.
‘Another right-back, too, because Trent Alexander-Arnold is still young and Nathaniel Clyne has been a bit hit-and-miss.’
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