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Michael Owen; Liverpool have a better squad than their title rivals, Manchester City

Michael Owen has claimed that Liverpool now have a better squad than their Premier League title rivals, Manchester City.

As he told Premier League Productions, the former striker acknowledged he ‘never used to say that,’ but he believes Liverpool now have’more strength in depth.’

The Reds didn’t have Ibrahima Konate, Luis Diaz, Konstantinos Tsimikas, or Diogo Jota on their books a few seasons back.

Naby Keita, for example, was still trying to make a name for himself on Merseyside.

All of that has altered now, with the above players, combined with Kieta’s development, substantially altering the qualitative depth of this Liverpool team.

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As a result, Michael Owen has changed his mind about who is better equipped in the quality department between Liverpool and Man City.

“I have been critical and it’s just the way they have been, but they have had 14, 15 or 16 top players,” said Owen. 

“Then they have had four or five behind that weaken the side. Now I think they have much more strength in depth now. Much more. 

“I think their squad is as good as Manchester City’s and I never used to say that. I always that Liverpool’s first XI was probably better than Man City’s. 

“But Man City had strength in depth and they could rotate. I don’t anymore.” 

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have locked horns on three occasions this season – two draws in the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-final win for the Liverpool boss.

But they could still meet again at the champions league final meeting.

Manchester City will host European giants Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final of the Champions League tonight, with Guardiola hoping his team can secure another passage to the final.

If they do, then there is a great possibility that Klopp could be waiting for him in the final.

Liverpool are the favourites to see off Unai Emery’s Villarreal in the other semi-final.

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