Manchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the best team in Europe and his side’s biggest rivals.
The 23-year-old Spanish international joined Man City from boyhood club Atlético Madrid in the summer for a reported £62.8m making him the club’s most expensive acquisition.
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- Manchester City won the 2018/19 Premier League, finishing one point ahead of Liverpool.
- The Reds’ 97 points accumulated is the most by a non-champion in Premier League history.
- Jurgen Klopp’s men remain with a perfect record after the opening eight games of this season.
- His side boasts an eight-point lead over City, the biggest gap in Premier League history after eight games.
- Rodri believes Liverpool to be his side’s biggest rivals and the best team in Europe.
Since relocating Rodri’s been a consistent part of Pep Guardiola’s side, starting in seven of their opening eight Premier League outings, and registering one goal in the process – which came in Man City’s shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City.
Man City, chasing a third consecutive league crown under Guardiola, find themselves eight points behind table toppers Liverpool after suffering another surprise loss before the recent international break.
Wolves, who had recently been struggling, would leave Manchester with an incredible 2-0 victory ultimately handing Jurgen Klopp’s men an early initiative which Rodri recognises when he named the Reds, and not neighbours Manchester United, as their biggest rivals.
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“I don’t know, I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel,” he told ESPN when asked about Man City’s biggest rivals.
“But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been seen the last two seasons.
“They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.
“They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”