Roy Keane believes Manchester City now stand in good stead of beating Liverpool to the Premier League title, with Pep Guardiola’s side in the ascendancy. Following City’s 3-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday, the former Manchester United captain chose to stick with Liverpool, when asked for his Premier League title prediction.
He claimed he still felt the Reds had enough to get over the line, despite recent draws with West Brom and Newcastle.
The following day though, Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 1-0 by Southampton at St Mary’s, throwing their title credentials into doubt.
Meanwhile, City have since shown their strength once again following last night’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Now Keane thinks the pressure is on Liverpool to turn things around ahead of their crunch clash with United at Anfield on January 17.
“United could be six points ahead of Liverpool if they win their next match and then beat then at Anfield, so it is getting interesting.”
Last weekend, Keane acknowledged that his former side United were in the title picture and “doing really well”.
His colleague Micah Richards was keen to dismiss the idea that United had a better chance of lifting the title than rivals City though. Something that was arguably proven right last night.
Richards said: “No, they’ve not go a better chance [United than City].
“They’re playing very well and I’ve give a lot of credit to Manchester United in the past couple of weeks.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserved great credit for the way he’s turned it around as he was under huge pressure.
“I really am a fan of him. He’s brought the confidence back to the squad.
“I just think at the back they’re conceding too much chances and that could cost them towards the end of the season.”
City are currently in fifth but have two games in hand on Liverpool, who are four points ahead.
United are level on points with the Reds but have played a game less, adding extra spice to their unmissable encounter on Merseyside next weekend.