Liverpool to ‘run away with title’ despite Man City landing Ruben Dias

Liverpool hero Graeme Souness has backed the Reds to run away with the Premier League title after seeing Manchester City come unstuck against Leicester.

City suffered a shock 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Foxes on Sunday evening, which has left them already chasing last season's runaway champions.

Pep Guardiola's men are three points behind the Reds, who could extend that lead to six with victory over Arsenal tonight. City, however, would have a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp's men.

Souness, like many others, was far from impressed by what he saw of City's performance at the Etihad, so much so he's already written off their chances of reclaiming the title.

That belief stems from the Reds adding Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota to their already star-studded squad.

"Liverpool won by 18 points (last season)," the Scot said during an appearance on Sky Sports. "Liverpool, in my opinion, have strengthened big time.

"I look at City now whether Ruben Dias comes in, it'll have to be more than Dias to take City from 18 points behind Liverpool to getting in front of them.

Notable transfer fees for British players

  • 1893: Aston Villa kicked off the big money transfers with tier £100 cheque to land Willie Groves from West Bromwich Albion.
  • 1904: Alf Commons moved from Sunderland to Middlesbrough for £1,000 and sparked a national outrage.
  • 1928: Arsenal bought David Jack from Bolton Wanderers for £10,890
  • 1957: John Charles moves from Leeds to Juventus shatters the transfer record at £65,000
  • 1961: Denis Law joins Manchester United from Torino for £115,000
  • 1970: Martin Peters joins Tottenham from West Ham for £200,000
  • 1977: Kevin Keegan goes from Liverpool to Hamburg for £500,000
  • 1979: Trevor Francis becomes first £1m player with switch from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest.
  • 1996: Alan Shearer goes from Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m
  • 2013: Gareth Bale switches from Tottenham to Real Madrid for £86m

"Liverpool are stronger today than they were 12 months ago. That's a marker when you look at what City have shown.

"After all the teams we've seen that can challenge, it's Leicester after today but we're three games in.

"Some players need five or six (games) to get up to speed. But right now, I think Liverpool could run away with it."

City will look to bounce back from defeat to Leicester on Wednesday night when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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