5 Manchester City backup players who would walk into Liverpool's starting XI
- These players aren't regular starters for Manchester City, but they'd command a starting place at Anfield.
Right now, the Premier League title race is white hot as football fanatics eagerly wait to see how the 2018/19 campaign will play out and who’ll end the season as Premier League champions.
In the blue corner, there’s a Manchester City side that have been there and done that, with Pep Guardiola looking to retain the trophy that the Citizens won last season.
Over in the red corner, there’s the Jurgen Klopp-managed Liverpool who are utterly desperate to end a 29-year wait for championship gold. Given their dominance in the 1970s and ‘80s, it’s absolutely crazy to think that Liverpool haven’t won a league title since 1990.
Many feel Tottenham’s recent defeat away to Burnley has officially ruled Spurs out of the title race, but let’s face it, this has been a two-horse race for a long while now. It’s just a case of whether it’s City or Liverpool who end the season at the top of the table.
Looking at the two squads, some are claiming that Liverpool are majorly lacking strength in depth and that that is starting to show in their recent form. For City, of course, they’ve arguably got the very best squad in world football at their disposal.
With that in mind, then, let’s take a look at 5 of Manchester City’s squad players or those not deemed first choice who would unquestionably walk into the Liverpool starting line-up at this point in time.
#5 Nicolas Otamendi
Despite being a regular starter for Manchester City during the hugely successful 2017/2018 season, Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi has now more often than not found himself on the sidelines.
Pep Guardiola sees Aymeric Laporte as his #1 starting centre-back; the French international having started every one of City’s Premier League games up until his current spell out with injury.
Alongside Laporte, Pep’s preferred option seems to be the cultured and classy John Stones, with Otamendi left twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines with club legend Vincent Kompany.
Given Liverpool’s current spate of defensive injuries, Jurgen Klopp would likely give anything to have a player like Nicolas Otamendi at his disposal. And even with a fully fit squad, you’d have to imagine that Otamendi would be nailed-on to start alongside Virgil van Dijk if he was at the Anfield club.
After all, the former Valencia defender is a far better player than Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip, and right now he’d also likely get the nod ahead of a fit Joe Gomez. Plus you have to throw into the mix that the Argentine has a nasty streak when called upon; which isn’t always necessarily a bad thing when you’re looking to win titles.