Collymore reveals the only three Liverpool players who would start for Man City

Back in December, I described Liverpool as a Ferrari up front and a misfiring Escort at the back.

They were a side with great style but little substance.

That changed in January, though, with the signing of Virgil van Dijk.

And I have to say that in the last few months, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has answered a lot of the questions I and others had been asking of him.

Liverpool’s season will have been nothing short of ­stunning if they can finish second in the Premier League and win the Champions League.

And after Manchester United’s defeat by West Brom on Sunday, there is no reason why they can’t be the best of the rest in the top flight.

I reckon they can beat Roma in the Champions League semi-final and then Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final, and what a season it will have been if that happens.

But, even so, 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.

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.

So the big step now is for Klopp to put some silverware on the table and, if it’s Old Big Ears, then no-one will be happier than me.

But I also want to see my old club chewing away at the FA Cup and League Cup next season and the season after to back up what, with or without the Champions League trophy, has been a fantastic nine or 10 months this season. Winning trophy after ­trophy is what will really help them kick on to chase down that elusive Premier League title.

This season Liverpool have been near-perfect up front, easily a nine out of 10.

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.

The next few weeks could be magical for Liverpool and everyone associated with the club.

But Klopp and his men have to keep pushing and progressing because, in terms of catching City over 38 Premier League games, there is still a good way to go.

Who will be Manchester City’s biggest rivals for the title next season?

1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Source: Read Full Article