BBC pundit Danny Murphy ran the rule over the title race on last night’s Match of the Day 2.

The former Liverpool midfielder expects the Reds and Manchester City to be the two sides battling it out at the top of the table.

City were hugely impressive in beating Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

But Murphy said he hopes his old club buy a central defender now that the January window is open – and feels it could be crucial.

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“I still can’t see past Liverpool and Manchester City as one and two (in the table),” said Murphy.

“United fans will be hopeful they can do something. Certainly we’re not going to see anyone run away with it.

“The window’s important. Liverpool maybe getting a centre half, that could be crucial. I hope they get one, the injury problems are an issue for them at the back.”

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all out injured at the moment, so Fabinho, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have been holding the fort.


There has been lots of talk about Liverpool getting a new centre half in but it has to be the right long-term deal for the club.

As per the Telegraph, Jurgen Klopp recently said as much, explaining he has faith in his young players if the right deal isn’t available.

Liverpool look for players with potential and room to grow. They won’t sign a quick fix in January.

If that means they go ahead with their current options, so be it. They’re still top of the league with the players they have now.

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