Manchester City announced themselves as a genuine force in this season’s title race with an emphatic 3-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday – but Roy Keane said he was ‘sticking with Liverpool’ as his favourites to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.
After a concerning start to the campaign, Pep Guardiola’s side appear to have clicked into gear and they effectively killed the game in the opening 34 minutes at Stamford Bridge, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all finding the net before Callum Hudson-Odoi’s consolation goal at the death.
Chelsea were being touted as potential challengers as they rode a 14-match unbeaten streak in all competitions from the beginning of October through to the start of December but their form has dropped off a cliff in recent games and the crushing defeat piled yet more pressure on Frank Lampard.
Champions Liverpool sit above Manchester United on goal difference at the top of the table and can tighten their grip over their rivals with a victory away to ninth-placed Southampton on Monday night.
Asked to name his frontrunners for the title after City’s comprehensive win, ex-Manchester United captain Keane told Sky Sports: ‘I’m sticking with Liverpool.
‘I think United are doing well, it’s certainly the most exciting league we’ve had for the last 10-15 years.
‘The top two, I said it a couple of months ago, I’m gonna say Liverpool and City.’
Graeme Souness is yet to be fully convinced by former club Liverpool but is hopeful they will ‘get their act together’ when teams enter the business end of the season.
‘Liverpool haven’t shown the consistency that they have for the last couple of years,’ the legendary former Liverpool midfielder said.
‘They were off the charts with their consistency levels, steamrolling teams, but they haven’t done that.
‘I’ve got to believe that they’ll get their act together in the second half of the season.’