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Liverpool have what it takes to wrestle the Premier League title back off Manchester City, says John Barnes. The Reds could only manage a third-place finish last term, which was a whopping 17 points behind Pep Guardiola's side.
They've started this campaign well and have one point more than City after six games played.
But Jurgen Klopp's outfit wobbled against newly-promoted Brentford last weekend and could only manage a 3-3 draw in west London.
Barnes, who made over 300 appearances for Liverpool, insists there's no need for panic stations.
"Liverpool’s defensive display against Brentford is not a concern – not at all," he said.
"It was only one game so we can’t get carried away. They haven’t conceded many goals this season – and they don’t concede often – so I’m not worried.
"City have more squad depth than Liverpool and maybe even Manchester United.
"But you don't necessarily need it – Liverpool won the title in 2020 without having that much depth.
“Liverpool have a big enough squad to challenge for the league, regardless of whether it's more or less than the opposition.”
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Sergio Aguero left the Etihad to join Barcelona in the summer.
And, despite being heavily linked with Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, City failed to sign a replacement.
Barnes believes City's striker stresses will have buoyed other sides in the league.
But the 57-year-old reckons the key to Liverpool securing title glory is by not dropping points from winning positions, like they did at the Brentford Community Stadium.
"The fact that City lost a centre forward and haven’t replaced him will give everyone else hope," he added.
"But it's not just about shutting City out on Sunday, it’s a question of winning your other matches too.
"Rival teams can’t affect the way City play every week – all they can do is focus on their own fixtures. It's a case of being consistent enough to challenge them for the title."
John Barnes was speaking to BonusCodeBets.
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