Despite remaining at the top of the Premier League table, Liverpool faces a potential threat from Manchester City, according to Rio Ferdinand. The former footballer expressed his worries for Liverpool after Kevin De Bruyne’s impactful return to action during City’s dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
De Bruyne, making only his second Premier League appearance of the season due to a hamstring injury, played a pivotal role in City’s turnaround. Coming on in the 69th minute with his team trailing 2-1, the 32-year-old scored within five minutes and provided the assist for Oscar Bobb’s stoppage-time winner.
Ferdinand noted that City had been missing De Bruyne’s influence in recent weeks, and his return could spark a winning streak for Pep Guardiola’s side. Speaking about the momentous return, Ferdinand commented on TNT Sports, saying, “Pep Guardiola, very rarely do you see him as animated as he was today. I’ll tell you one thing, that man there (KDB), you’re back, you are back. You are the jewel in the crown, you’re back. Look at us now, watch momentum kick in now, and these guys know what to do.”
The former footballer emphasized the experience, depth, class, quality, and firepower that City possesses, making them formidable contenders for the title.
Reflecting on his earlier prediction about the Premier League winner, Ferdinand had suggested in October that City remained the favorites. However, he acknowledged Arsenal’s strong chance and expressed a personal preference for them to win. Ferdinand also showed excitement for his beloved team, Tottenham Hotspur, under manager Antonio Conte, acknowledging the positive impact the manager has had on the squad.
In summary, Ferdinand’s analysis highlights Liverpool’s concerns with City’s resurgence, fueled by De Bruyne’s return, making them formidable contenders for the Premier League title.