March 21, 2018

Liverpool can not win the Premier League with their defence - Sam Allardyce

08 September 2017, 12:27 | Ken Black

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While they have their own problems in attack, their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has already proved to be a deadly combination with Kompany's organisational skills in the City backline vital to keeping the trio quiet.

Chelsea have also contributed to ensure that their players return as soon as possible.

At the back, however, is where the concern lies. However, we have now kept 7 clean sheets in the last 9 Premier League games.

They have certainly had the better of the recent history between the two sides and shown they can get a result at the Etihad.

"To win the league you need a top goalkeeper and you wonder have they got that?" But set-pieces against seem to be a big problem for them.

'No matter how well they play against the opposition they switch off on a set-piece and that could end up costing them a lot of points.

Raheem Sterling will miss the game due to a a one-match suspension following his red card at Bournemouth. There is no way you can win the league with 11 players over 31.

'The Premier League is generally won - certainly over the last ten, 15 years - by the team with the best defensive record'.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola awaits kickoff in the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 12, 2017. Allardyce believes that Mourinho's know-how will be a crucial factor in the club's bid to win their first title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

'Jose has done it before and he has done it many different countries.

'He knows when and where to change his tactics, to change how the team plays. Find out what time City v Liverpool gets underway where you are in the world.

Manchester City legend Paul Dickov believes Citizens manager Pep Guardiola has a better understanding of his squad than past year.

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