Paul Merson makes controversial claim about Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd | Football | Sport
Liverpool are just two points behind Manchester City while Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are all fighting it out in the chasing pack.
There are 23 games left this season but that hasn’t stopped Merson declaring their title hopes as dead.
“Manchester City are so scary right now they’ve almost got a Mike Tyson aura about them,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“Pep Guardiola’s boys don’t need to trash-talk any of their title rivals – they know they’ve got the power to deliver the knockout blow.
“While the rest of the contenders trade punches with each other hoping for a title shot, City stand menacingly over them as the undisputed kings.
“For me, the title race is over and normally anyone saying that one week into December with City just two points clear of Liverpool would be accused of losing his marbles.
“But, I honestly can’t see any other outcome.
“And, here’s another thing, I wouldn’t be in the least surprised to see them stay unbeaten all season either.
“If they did that, then it’s an achievement that would even surpass that of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ because the Premier League just gets stronger and stronger every season.”
City have won 13 of their 15 games this season and Merson has picked out just two that he thinks could prove tricky.
“City have just two potential hurdles – the Stamford Bridge game being one of them. The other is Manchester United away – and I can’t see them losing either,” he added.
“Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp went crackers after the last minute winner against Everton. That’s because he knew how important it was to stay on City’s heels.
“Sarri said he thought City were the best team in Europe and probably the best in the world right now.
“He has a point, but only to a point. For me, City need to lift the Champions League to be considered that.
“The league might not be a major distraction this time around because it could have been put to bed by the time the Champions League gets serious.
“For me, only Liverpool have a prayer of catching them and they’ll need to pray very hard.
“The other three or four contenders are really in a race to finish in the top four.”