Liverpool's Alisson Becker admits Manchester City are 'big favourites' for the title

Liverpool's Alisson Becker

The 2018/19 Premier League title race looks like it could be one of the most exciting since the competition's inception in 1992.

Manchester City blew the race wide open by beating Liverpool 2-1 at the Etihad, closing the gap at the top to four points.

The Reds just about maintained their advantage with a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, before City brushed Huddersfield aside 3-0.

Liverpool now face the arduous task of playing after Pep Guardiola's side for the next two weeks.

Most footballers will say that playing first does hand players a mental advantage, with Jurgen Klopp's side hosting Leicester on Wednesday night and then travelling to West Ham next weekend.

So, can City recover and win back-to-back titles? Their form in recent weeks suggests they certainly can and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has labelled them the 'big favourites'.

Alisson said, per Mirror: “Liverpool now have the quality to fight for the biggest trophies, there is no doubt about it.

“But there’s a long way ahead of us and it’s important to be sure where we are going.

“City proved their strength by winning the league comfortably last year. They have also invested for this season, so their team is even ­better now. They are very tough ­opponents and the big favourites.

Alisson in action

“However, we also have our ambition to win the league this season and I believe in our talent to go all the way. But we have to think step by step and make sure we keep our feet on the ground.”

Of course, now that City and Liverpool have played each other twice, Guardiola's side are relying on the rest of the league helping them out.

For context, the current leaders are yet to drop a point to a side outside the top six this season.

They have also got most of their toughest trips out the way for the season, with Old Trafford the last big stomping ground left for them to try and conquer for the remainder of the campaign.

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