Manchester City midfielder Rodri has praised the side put together by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, saying the Reds are dominant in all areas of the field.
City and Liverpool went toe-to-toe for the Premier League title last season with Pep Guardiola’s side eventually needing to win their remaining 14 games and finish on 98 points to prevent their Merseyside rivals finishing top.
Rodri is relatively new to the English top flight having only arrived from Atletico Madrid in the summer but he has already seen – without looking at last season’s respective points tallies – how strong Klopp’s team are.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the defensive midfielder added that his side must take advantage of any slip-ups the Reds may have during the season.
“It’s pointless beating Watford 8-0 then losing the next game,” Rodri said. “I touched down to find one of the best teams I’ve seen in recent years.
“Liverpool get seen as a counterattacking team, but they dominate, score from set plays, the attacking mechanisms are well-worked, they have variety. Klopp’s teams are tough, physical.
“They go at you like animals. They’re like a knife: one comes at you, then another. But every team has their bad moment and we have to be there [if they do].”
Rodri also spoke about how Guardiola – whose side are eight points adrift of Liverpool in the table – is keeping his players calm ahead of a long season.
“Nobody likes to lose, still less with our demands and Guardiola isn’t going to settle for defeat but he knows how to keep calm and lift the group, not ‘killing’ the team,” the 23-year-old said.
“We know the situation we’re in: we’ve had players out, we’ve played a lot of games and maybe that’s taking its toll. He’ll work on what we have to improve. We’re better when we rob the ball in the opposition’s half; when we press, we have to deal better with counters.”
City and Liverpool meet for the first time this season on November 10 at Anfield, with last season’s clashes between the two proving crucial in the title race.