Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is backing Liverpool to win the Premier League title this season because he feels Jurgen Klopp’s side have a much stronger defence than rivals Man City.
Liverpool currently lead reigning Champions Man City by four points after 21 games of the season, with Van Gaal claiming that Klopp’s side are a better all-round team than Guardiola’s.
Until quite recently Liverpool’s defence was seen as their biggest weakness, but since the signing of Virgil van Dijk last January things have started to improve things at the back for the Anfield outfit and this season the Reds have only conceded a miserly 10 league goals.
Man City, however, have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since November 24th and Van Gaal reckons that the Citizens defensive struggles and Liverpool’s superior ‘fighting spirit,’ will see the Reds claim their first top-flight crown in 29 years.
“Klopp has turned Liverpool into an absolute fighting machine – both attacking and defending,” Van Gaal told the Mirror.
“So, if I was to put my money on one club for the league, it would be Liverpool.
“Liverpool’s team is not based on the highest quality when it comes to their players. In fact, the highest quality players are at City.
“But, at the same time, that is the weakness in Guardiola. He only coaches his teams in an attacking way. Always.
“The moment his team have to defend, they look terrible. Liverpool have a team that can defend much better.
“That’s because Klopp has trained them to be a fighting force, whether they have the ball or not. That’s exactly what is lacking in Guardiola’s team now.
“City have fabulous football ideas and a sparkling way of playing – but not the right fighting spirit.
“Don’t get me wrong, I still love to watch the way City play. But the way Klopp makes Liverpool play is absolutely fantastic.”