Manchester City midfielder Rodri believes Manchester City are no longer the best team in the Premier League, claiming the mantle now belongs to Liverpool .
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds saw City pip them to the league title by just one point last season but are running away with the crown this season, currently leading their nearest challengers by a whopping eight points.
Indeed, Klopp’s side are the only team in England to have won all of their games this year, while Pep Guardiola’s side have endured a stuttering start to their title defence and have suffered two shock league defeats.
And that form, and the demise of City’s fierce rivals Manchester United , is why Rodri reckons the Reds are the team to beat in European football this season.
“I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.
“But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.
“They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
Rodri arrived at City from Atletico Madrid for a club-record £62.8million and has revealed the biggest challenge he has faced so far in England.
“I think it’s a big challenge for me because I never used to play this position particularly,” he went on. “I didn’t have this exact role in the team.
“We have lots of offensive players and many other teams try to counter-attack you and a lot of the time you’re alone but it’s good for me.
“I am learning new things, how to go, when to stay, when I have to do a tactical foul, when I have to jump. It’s good for me to learn these things. And for the team it’s good because we need those offensive players to be able to play our game.”