Ally McCoist believes Manchester City will come out on top against Liverpool on Sunday and take a major step towards retaining the Premier League title.
The Liverpool vs Man City debate has raged all season and we won’t have to wait long to find an answer. Liverpool are preparing to travel to face City at their Etihad Stadium this weekend in a Premier League showdown that could decide the title.
English football’s big two will then meet in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley a week later, while they could also face off in the Champions League final in Paris in May.
Now former Scotland striker McCoist has given TEAMtalk his verdict on the clash that will bring the football world to a halt. And he believes City will come out on top.
Liverpool will pull clear of City at the top of the Premier League table and will move into pole position to win the title if they can beat Pep Guardiola’s title favourites in Manchester. But ex-Rangers striker McCoist believes Jurgen Klopp’s men will come up short.
“The talent in Liverpool and Manchester City is as high as I can ever remember. And this is a difficult one to call,” McCoist told us exclusively as he promoted the National Lottery Football Weekends campaign.
“I’m leaning towards Man City because of home advantage in the game.
“I know Liverpool are on a great run and like all good sides, they are finding a way to win games when they are not at their best.
“But I look at Manchester City and I’m still just kind of learning towards them, but what a game this will be.
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“The first game they played at Anfield (2-2 draw in October), what a game of football that way. Fantastic. They are two great teams.”
McCoist went on to suggest Guardiola and Klopp have found the perfect balance in their man management of modern players, after he confirmed he has no desire to return to the game after a stint in charge of Rangers.
McCoist: No plans to return to management
“Football is a drug and I understand why former players still need it when they finish playing. But not all drugs are good for you,” said McCoist.
“When you go into management, you don’t realise how much it consumes you. It’s only when you step away from it that you actually get a life again. You can go and watch football again and enjoy it. You can spend time with your kids and your family.
“Listen, there is no one who loves football more than me. But I’m very happy to be where I am now. I have no great desire to get back into management.
“You look at guys like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and ask why are they moving into management now? They don’t need the money, so why do it?
“The answer is this is all they know. They are football people and need to be part of the game. These guys have been absolutely phenomenal footballers throughout their careers and they won everything. They are some of the most technically gifted players England has produced in years and years.
“Now they are not playing, they want their football story to continue and that’s why they are trying management.
“It’s in their DNA that they want to be in football, be in a dressing room. I get that, but it is a tough job.”
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