Manchester City v Liverpool has been described as “the Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi of club football”.
That’s according to Ally McCoist, who compared the Premier League powerhouse rivalry to the GOAT duo, saying ‘they get the best out of each other’.
Football fans are still catching their breath after a dramatic final day in England’s top flight as the two sides battled it out for the title.
While it was Pep Guardiola’s City who ultimately came out on top, just one point separated the two sides after 38 matches, with the duo forging a hugely entertaining rivalry in recent years.
With mutual respect at the heart of the battle, fans will expect much more between the two sides in the years to come as they push each other to new heights.
With Guardiola’s side having already agreed a deal to sign Erling Haaland this summer, Liverpool will be pressured to find a way to fight with them moving forward.
And McCoist thinks it’s a similar dynamic between the two greatest players of the modern era.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, he said: “I compared him to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“The two of them for years and years, clearly the two best players in the world, they pushed each other and trained.
“Liverpool and Manchester City are the same.
“They are completely different teams. They both have fantastic players and fantastic teams, but they play the game differently and that’s just a joy.
“They bring the best out of each other.
“I have to say the first game, the 2-2 draw in the league, it was one of the best football games I have ever seen.
“The standard, pace and quality were just magnificent.
“They were a joy to watch, both of them.”
Jamie O’Hara also discussed the rivalry following news of Haaland’s move to Man City, saying Liverpool are set to get big in the transfer market following the blockbuster deal for the Norwegian striker.
Speaking ahead of City’s title win on the final day, the former Tottenham midfielder told talkSPORT: “I think they have to react to the fact that Man City have signed [Erling] Haland.
“It’s the last piece of the puzzle, you will tell me. Man City are likely to win the Premier League without a striker, really.
“They’ve played most of the season without one.
“When you bring in Haaland who for me is going to be a complete superstar in the Premier League, Liverpool have to react and bring in someone big too because otherwise I feel they will end up being left behind.
“Man City spent £100m on Grealish and you have to say it’s not the best signing they could have made, but when you bring in Haaland you talk now.
“It’s a big step up in quality, for me. It’s a hell of a signing and Liverpool need to react to that.
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