Why Liverpool have the advantage over Man City in Premier League title race due to Laporte | Football | Sport
That’s the opinion of former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that Laporte would be out until January or February next year due to his knee injury.
The influential centre-back is a key part of Guardiola’s team, and his absence is likely to be sorely felt.
During City’s win over Brighton before the international break, Laporte suffered the knee injury during a collision with Adam Webster.
He was stretchered off, and immediately City fans feared the worst.
His time on the sidelines leaves the Premier League champions short of options at the back, with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi their only two recognised centre-backs.
And with City currently embroiled in a battle for the title with Liverpool, Hislop explained on ESPN FC that he believes the scales have shifted in the Reds’ favour.
“In all honesty, pre-season I thought City were favourites to win [the title],” he said.
“Right now, given Laporte’s injury, I make it Liverpool.
“I just feel, as good as City are going forward, and you might not have to rely on your defenders when you can score five or six like City do every time they step on the pitch.
“That catches up to you, that uncertainty at the back, it takes a toll on everyone on the field.
“The only thing that dents Liverpool’s chances in that regard is that Alisson’s injury may be worse than it seems.
“But given what we’re hearing from Jurgen Klopp over the last day or two that he should be back in another month, I am changing allegiances there.”
Liverpool take on Newcastle United today [12.30pm], while City face Norwich City tomorrow afternoon [5.30pm].