Gary Neville believes Liverpool are ‘big favourites’ for the Premier League title and says Manchester City ‘are not right’ after the champions shock defeat to Wolves.
Adama Traore’s late double stunned Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad on Sunday, leaving Man City eight points adrift of league leaders Liverpool following their win over Leicester on Saturday.
Wolves capitalised on City’s makeshift backline to seal an impressive victory this weekend, and Neville believes City are struggling to compensate for the summer departure of Vincent Kompany and Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injury.
“City are not right,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“They’ve set such a high standard and the back four is not right. They’re conceding chances and they just didn’t concede chances last year. They’re not like they were.
“They set such a high standard and Liverpool matched that standard last year, barring a hair’s width, if City drop below that. Not replacing Kompany and the injury to Laporte is a big problem for them. They look vulnerable. They haven’t shown vulnerability for a few years and people will believe they are.”
While Neville admitted that the Merseyside club are now ‘big favourites’ to deliver an elusive title, he was keen to point out there was still plenty of football to be played as Liverpool look to seal a first league title in 30 years, with the Anfield outfit having previously blown leads at the top as they bid to end their title drought.
“I don’t think they can lose it from here,” Neville jokingly said.
“Liverpool are definitely big favourites, but if Van Dijk gets injured, or Salah gets injured it can change,” he added on a more serious note.
“There’s [still] thirty games to go.”
The two title rivals are still yet to meet and their first high stakes clash scheduled for November 9 at Anfield.