Jamie Redknapp names Liverpool and Man City’s most important player in title race

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Liverpool’s draws against Leicester and West Ham have breathed new life into the Premier League title race.

The Reds would have gone seven points ahead of Manchester City had they beaten Leicester at Anfield last month. Now, after a stalemate against West Ham on Monday, they hold just a three-point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side.

Worse for Liverpool is that the reigning champions will draw level at the top if they defeat Everton on Wednesday.

There is a suggestion that nerves are beginning to affect Klopp’s players but they’ve also been hurt by a rising number of injuries.

In defence, they’ve been hindered by the absences of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Thankfully for Klopp, Alexander-Arnold is close to a return while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the final weeks of the season.

The concern for Liverpool is that City are getting stronger. Kevin De Bruyne, who has had an injury-ravaged season, is now fresh and he’s starting to look like his old self.

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Redknapp names the most important players

De Bruyne can be a difference-maker for City but Jamie Redknapp doesn’t consider him to be Guardiola’s most important player.

Redknapp was asked by the Daily Mail to name the most important player from the top two teams and he instead went for Fernandinho.

“Fernandinho is City’s most important player. They lost to Palace and Leicester without him,” Redknapp said.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder says Virgil van Dijk is Klopp’s most crucial man.

“Liverpool’s is Virgil van Dijk,” Redknapp added.

“He has not been quite the same leader in recent weeks but has lost his centre-back partner Gomez and right back Alexander-Arnold to injury.”

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As a result of Liverpool winning just two of their past five matches, Redknapp believes City are now the favourites to win the title.

But he’s still backing Klopp’s men to complete the job.

“City are favourites now... but I still think Liverpool will win it. If they do, it will only be by a couple of points,” he added.

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