Man City’s Liverpool win will spur on their Premier League challenge, ex-LFC defender says
Manchester City have been backed to claw back Liverpool’s lead over them at the top of the Premier League.
Mark Lawrenson reckons City‘s impending 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday night will see them continue their assault on a consecutive Premier League title.
And they’ll be coming up against Wolves having scored 16 goals over their past two matches, with Lawrenson crediting the 2-1 defeat of Liverpool earlier this month as the catalyst for their recent run of good form.
Their opponents, meanwhile, aren’t doing too badly themselves having just dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
“City scored seven against Rotherham, nine against Burton – so I guess they will be going for 11 against Wolves,” he said.
“Despite the return to form of Pep Guardiola‘s side, I think Wolves will go to Etihad Stadium in confident mood, especially because they gave the defending champions such a good game in a 1-1 draw at Molineux in August.
“In the same way that Liverpool’s last-gasp winner in the Merseyside derby definitely spurred them on the next few games, I really do feel that Sadio Mane hitting the post for the Reds against City has had a similar effect on Guardiola‘s side.
“That game, which City won 2-1, was so finely balanced and if that Mane shot had gone in, I think Liverpool would have won it.
“You only have to look at City’s results in the two games they have played since then to see how much that result has lifted them, and I just see them kicking on now. The blip they had over Christmas seems a long time ago already.
“Wolves, who are ninth, are looking good for a top-10 finish, and that is not just down to what we have seen from them in the first half of the season.
“In the past their owners have always kicked on from a position of strength, which is the way to do it – and they looked to do that again when they tried to sign Tammy Abraham.
“If they do stay in the top half that would be a really good first season back for them, and you could envisage them really building on that in the summer.”