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Another ex-player lays into Liverpool with Man City top

It didn't take long for all of the 'knowing' ex-pros to come out of the woodwork and start to hand the title to Man City.

In fact, if you'd caught any of Sky Sports coverage since City beat Everton on Wednesday you'd have experienced what has basically amounted to a title procession in City's favour.

All we've heard and read since Monday night is how the Reds have blown it and it's now City's to lose (despite having played a game more and only being ahead on GD) and how Klopp has scuppered our title hopes by loaning out Clyne and not calling Wilson back.

What many have, in fact, ignored is that we've had a very real injury crisis of our own which has been ongoing for a lot of the last 2-3 months, whilst all we've read is how much hard luck Spurs and Man City themselves have had with injury.

And former Premier League striker and Newcastle legend - Alan Shearer - has weighed in himself prior to the weekend's matches, adding weight to the idea that Klopp made a mistake in loaning out Clyne, whilst all but handing the trophy to Guardiola himself too.

Speaking to Coral, in his weekly 'blog' Shearer said: "In City’s favour is that they know how to get across the line, they’ve been there before, and that is a massive advantage, although we know how difficult it is to win back-to-back titles, so there is still so much to play for.

"One decision that does seem strange was Liverpool letting Nathaniel Clyne go on loan to Bournemouth. Liverpool already had defensive injury concerns at that stage, but we just don’t know what was going on behind the scenes at Anfield that may have led to this loan.

"Manchester City are still fighting on all four fronts, and I really admire Pep Guardiola for that attitude, he wants his team to win every game and he should be applauded for that.

"Liverpool had a break while the FA Cup was being played, if that was supposed to keep them fresh it doesn’t seem to have paid off, certainly not in their recent games."

Shearer does talk about Spurs as outsiders, but definitely firmly in the title-race, whilst adding that Liverpool fans will be hoping recent results were just a blip.

Redeeming himself slightly, he also adds: "History tells us there will always be those freak results, and both Man City and Liverpool will go into games before the end of this season where we think they can’t get beaten, and they will, it will happen to both sides.

"We also shouldn’t forget that Man City have lost four times already this season, compared to Liverpool’s one defeat, so although they are top again right now, they are not invincible."

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