Former Premier League manager Ian Holloway has revealed that he is grateful to Liverpool for challenging Manchester City this season.
The Reds pushed Pep Guardiola’s domestic treble winners to the absolute limit in the Premier League this term, and Holloway is thankful that they did.
“Thank God for Liverpool,” he said on talkSPORT [19/05; 08:51]. “Manchester United is 32 points [off Man City] and third place Chelsea is 26 points, that’s almost like the Scottish league, isn’t it?”
“We don’t want that, but they are brilliant. ”
Holloway gets this one spot on. If Liverpool hadn’t been as good as they were this campaign then this would have been an absolute procession for City. That’s what happened last season, of course, where the Manchester outfit had the Premier League title seemingly wrapped up by Christmas. However, Jurgen Klopp’s team were so phenomenal and so consistent this time round that they helped produce the finest title race we have ever seen in the Premier League. So Holloway gets it absolutely right when he says ‘Thank God for Liverpool’. The rest of the top six have been so massively off the pace this season, falling further and further behind Guardiola’s team. If there was no Liverpool, or equally no City, then either one of those teams would have absolutely strolled to the top flight title this campaign. So you’re right, Holloway; we’re all grateful to the Reds for their efforts this term.