Joleon Lescott says he wouldn't take any Liverpool players for Man City's team

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When the Premier League returns after the international break, it really is crunch time.

The title race looks set to go down to the wire with Liverpool leading Manchester City by two points, although Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.

But with City still competing for a quadruple - and arguably having the tougher run-in - it’s almost impossible to call.

One thing is for sure, Liverpool and City have been far and away the best sides in the league this season.

Spurs, in third, are a massive 15 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

But who has the better squad: Liverpool or City?

There’s very little doubt that City have the greater squad depth but what about the starting XI?

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Well, that question was put to former City defender Joleon Lescott.

His reply?

"Both Guardiola and Klopp will each be happy with their own team and their players suit their styles of football," he told Sporting Bet.

"I’m not sure I’d take a single one of Liverpool’s players for Man City’s team.

"But it’s fair to say both have put together great squads.

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"From a Man City perspective, I have been very impressed with Laporte this season, who has arguably made a similar impact to what Van Dijk has at Liverpool.”

So he wouldn’t change any City players for Liverpool players?

Not Alisson? Not Virgil van Dijk? Not Andy Robertson? Not Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino?

It’s certainly a big shout from Lescott.

Then again, if City go on and win four trophies this season, you can see Lescott’s logic.

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