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Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims competing with Man City every season has 'affected' Liverpool FC

Published on: 05 October 2022

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has suggested that competing with Manchester City every season has 'affected' Liverpool this campaign.

Liverpool have won just two of their opening seven Premier League matches so far this term, with the Merseyside outfit currently sat ninth in the table, having recorded just 10 points from a possible 21. Jurgen Klopp's side, who finished behind City in the league last season, have drawn four and lost once in the top-flight this term.

City, on the other hand, have made a solid start to the campaign and find themselves second in the Premier League table, just one point behind league-leaders Arsenal. Pep Guardiola's men have been incredibly impressive so far and are the only unbeaten team in the division, having won six and drawn two.

Klopp's side also suffered a disappointing defeat against Napoli in the Champions League prior to the international break, and pundit Wright believes that the pressure of competing with City every week is taking its toll on the team.

"What City have done and why at the moment I feel it’s kind of broken Liverpool’s back because they’ve had to hold onto them for so long,’ Wright told the Kelly and Wrighty show. "The pressure of having to win every week because you know City are going to win.

"Absolutely (it’s affected them) I think, and I’ve said it, if it wasn’t for Liverpool, we’d have been having processions for Man City and I stick by that. You look at them and I think it’s just got to them a bit in respects of the players.

"You’ve got players of a certain age over 30 and then you’ve got players under 22. You need that middle group of players to keep them going and keep the energy going."

City travel to Anfield on October 16 for their second clash against Liverpool this season. Klopp's side defeated the Blues 3-1 in the Community Shield in July, with Julian Alvarez scoring for Guardiola's men in the 70th minute.

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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