The one factor that may cease Manchester Metropolis successful the Premier League now’s themselves – in the event that they collapse for any motive. The issue for his or her rivals is that it doesn’t seem like that can occur.
Sunday’s emphatic 4-1 victory over defending champions Liverpool at Anfield was Metropolis’s tenth in a row within the league and I simply do not see one other staff able to placing collectively a successful run like that to problem them.
On this proof, Metropolis usually are not going to crack both, no matter is thrown at them.
Pep Guardiola’a facet are nonetheless in all 4 main competitions so their busy schedule in an already massively demanding marketing campaign shouldn’t be going to ease up, however they’ve a powerful squad that has been taking part in twice per week all season so it’s nothing new to them.
We additionally do not know what might occur when it comes to accidents to Metropolis’s key gamers however they’ve already coped with out Kevin de Bruyne for the previous 5 video games and have been with out Sergio Aguero for many of the season – his final league begin was in October.
Gabriel Jesus has been sidelined too so there have been lengthy spells the place they have not had a recognised centre-forward out there, however that does not appear to have made any distinction.
Not solely are Metropolis on a record-equalling successful run as an English top-flight facet of 14 video games in all competitions, they’re taking part in some incredible soccer too.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson clearly had a dreadful sport on Sunday, and gifted Pep Guardiola’s facet two of their objectives, however I believed Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan had been all magnificent to make sure Metropolis ran away with it.
After an important few weeks, it was the right weekend for them, clinching such a superb win after seeing their nearest rivals Manchester United and Leicester each drop factors.
Metropolis are already within the remaining of the Carabao Cup and fifth spherical of the FA Cup, however their precedence for the remainder of the season might be regaining their Premier League title and successful the Champions League for the primary time.
If they’ll preserve their present degree, then doing each shouldn’t be past them.
Liverpool have to seek out some type rapidly
Whereas Metropolis march on, Liverpool need to regroup.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet needed to win on Sunday to get again within the title race, and it’s going to be nearly unimaginable for them to retain their title from right here.
As a substitute, they now need to give attention to the Champions League and securing a top-four end, however they’ll want to seek out some type rapidly as a result of they’ve some extra powerful video games developing quick.
They have per week off to get themselves collectively however subsequent up is a visit to third-placed Leicester on Saturday, then they play RB Leipzig within the Champions League in Hungary earlier than the Merseyside derby at Anfield of their subsequent residence sport on 20 February.
It’s 22 years since Everton final received there however it’s Liverpool who will go into the sport with doubts due to their current file at what was for therefore lengthy a fortress for them.
After going 68 residence league video games unbeaten, it was an enormous shock to see them lose there to first Burnley after which Brighton, and this newest defeat means they’ve misplaced three league video games in a row there for the primary time since 1963.
What’s gone flawed? Effectively, in fact Liverpool have missed Virgil van Dijk on the again. He is likely one of the greatest centre-backs on the earth, if not the very best, and he has been out injured since October.
However the reality they’ve been with out Joe Gomez and Joel Matip too meant they’ve needed to shift individuals round to cowl and that has price them all around the pitch, particularly with Jordan Henderson dropping out of midfield to fill in on the again.
I believed their forwards would carry on scoring to maintain getting them outcomes regardless however that has not occurred. Their entrance three have been struggling for type too.
One thing wants to vary for the staff to get its perception again, and placing Henderson again in his correct place would undoubtedly assist.
They signed two centre-backs – Preston’s Ben Davies and Schalke’s Ozan Kabak – on deadline day final week, so I’d recommend placing at the very least considered one of them in there as quickly as doable so Henderson can return to the centre of midfield. They want him there.
Metropolis have risen to the problem
Metropolis have had their very own blips this season, proper firstly of the marketing campaign, however they have over them in spectacular vogue.
The best way they firstly discovered their type after which maintained it has been massively spectacular.
Their defence has clearly performed an enormous half of their success – Ruben Dias gifted Liverpool their aim when his mistake led to Mohamed Salah’s penalty, however that was the one error Metropolis made on the again at Anfield and is just about the one mistake Dias has made since he joined the membership in October.
Not solely is Dias an excellent defender in his personal proper, he has improved his associate, John Stones, who had one other wonderful sport. Aside from that spot-kick, Liverpool solely had one different shot at aim within the second half after they had been making an attempt to get again within the sport.
On the different finish of the pitch, I’ve not heard Guardiola moan in regards to the accidents which have sidelined his strikers. As a substitute, Metropolis have simply received on with it and their gamers have risen to the problem.
Sure, the likes of Foden and Gundogan are having their greatest seasons when it comes to objectives, however everyone seems to be chipping in.
It meant Guardiola was capable of depart Jesus on the bench at Anfield and begin and not using a recognised striker, and clearly he deserves credit score too. But once more he received his techniques spot on – and once more he has discovered a method to make Metropolis the staff to beat.
Alan Shearer was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.