With COVID-19 hitting the Premier League again, Liverpool are among the worst-affected teams as several of their first-team stars in Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones are in isolation after having tested positive for the disease. In light of this, Klopp has claimed that Manchester City are the best positioned to tackle the current crisis being faced by several clubs in the Premier League.
The last two weeks of December are especially hectic for many clubs as they are meant to play a series of fixtures across the last two weeks of the year, ranging from the Premier League to the domestic cups.
As many as 12 Premier League games have been called off this month, keeping in mind the rising number of cases in the League. Having said that, City so far have not reported any cases and none of their games have been impacted, with the Cityzens winning five out of the five League games played this month.
With no COVID-19 cases in their ranks as well, the reigning Premier League champions have put their rotational tactics to excellent use as they haven’t reported any injuries either. In the light of that, Klopp believes that the depth of City’s squad is likely to hand them an advantage.
The Liverpool boss said that not many teams go as deep as City and they cannot “mix” it through.
"“We cannot just mix it through, there are maybe two teams when everyone is fit, but Chelsea is not fit now, City might have the squad for two games, 11 players and go through the Premier League. But other teams cannot do that. It’s really tricky and that’s the problem.”Source: MEN"
With City set to go up against Leicester on Boxing Day and will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table. The Cityzens are currently on 44 points with Liverpool and Chelsea trailing the Sky Blues on 41 and 38 points, respectively.
It is likely that the Premier League will be halted temporarily, with Klopp also confirming that all the managers will be meeting with Premier League next week, to break the chain of the spread of the virus.