Jurgen Klopp will be leading Liverpool’s title challenge this season. (Getty Images)Only two Liverpool players would get in Manchester City’s strongest starting line-up, according to Danny Murphy.
Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites to retain their title this season but Liverpool are looking to close the gap after significantly strengthening in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp has spent £65 million on signing Alisson as his new first-choice goalkeeper, while Fabinho and Naby Keita have arrived to strengthen the midfield.
In attack, Xherdan Shaqiri was signed from Stoke City to give Klopp another option to his sublime trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
But Murphy, who made nearly 250 appearances for Liverpool, believes only Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk would get in City’s best team.
Xherdan Shaqiri is looking to hit the ground running alongside Mohamed Salah. (Getty Images)More: Football
‘Fabinho, Keita, Alisson are all good players and they give Liverpool strength in depth and competition for places, which does increase performance, but would any of those players get in City’s team?’ Murphy told talkSPORT.
‘Salah and Van Dijk would get in City’s team. Other than that, probably no others [would get in].
‘You can’t base your transfer policy on buying better players than City have. It is nearly impossible. You can’t buy a better player than [Kevin] De Bruyne in midfield, so you have to compete in a different way.
Virgil van Dijk will be a key part of Liverpool’s defence. (Getty Images)‘What I like that Klopp has done is he has signed quality where he has needed it – the middle of the park they were lacking – there is great competition for places and he did it early.
‘Shaqiri is a good ‘un as well. That is not bad business the money they have spent there. He had a good World Cup and he will create competition for places.
‘Liverpool have done really well and will bridge the gap with City.’
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