Aymeric Laporte reveals the reality of Liverpool as the pain comes out of Man City
If Premier League players don’t care too much, they will be known as Moan City.
Just witness the response of the Liverpool-dominated PFA Premier League Team of the Year, with Jurgen Klopp’s side six of the 11 available places compared to Manchester City’s only three.
Aymeric Laporte was very upset with his supervision, posting on Twitter a well-known photo of Jose Mourinho announcing “I don’t want to talk” but then on Instagram posting statistics confirming that City’s defensive players had a good season. . He is often silent and says a lot.
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Laporte was probably unlucky, although there was strong opposition to the two defensive divisions within the PFA faction. Obviously, there are few who would object to the extreme with the inclusion of both Virgil van Dijk and the departure of Chelsea Antonio Rudiger.
But the Spaniard’s pain continued a headline that has been circulating at the Etihad for some time that says City is not loved enough. That Liverpool – City Guardiola’s worst rival, before retiring, Pe said that everyone in England helped – had been twice in the PFA team even though being beaten in second place in a Premier League match would only add to the anger.
Then there is the fact that Mohamed Salah – a Premier League Golden Boot winner and a great, unforgettable assistant – beat City’s Kevin De Bruyne to all the PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year titles.
Obviously, we are already there, with Micah Richards holding his lips last month after his former fourth-year race in five years has not met the religion he may have expected. “At the moment it looks like Liverpool will find all the love,” he said. There’s a much deeper reason than the Reds play so often to explain why City don’t just re-introduce the same idea, almost nothing to do with their players.
With Van Dijk and Salah joined by Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane in the PFA team, it is clear that the Reds are in love with their teammates. And with Liverpool winning the trophy twice, reaching 92 points in the Premier League and not long after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, any combination would be worth it.
Would this journalist place Thiago in the Premier League Team of the Year? Probably not, although the Spaniard has been successful since the beginning of the year. The excellent Rodri did as much as anyone to help City chase Liverpool in the head, especially his free-kick at Everton.
But then, journalists are not professional football. And those who play the game often have a good idea of what makes a good enemy, the kind of players who do things that attract attention even to their direct competitors. There is no reason to criticize their decision, although the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo being mentioned in front of Tottenham Hotspur duo Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane was very impressive.
The fact is that six Liverpool players have easily switched their place in the PFA team to receive the Premier League winner’s medal, Laporte has left home. And it was last year that City had six players named in the XI, as they did in 2018/19. Their best play is always known.
Not surprisingly, Liverpool could not face City this season, so Guardiola’s squad is worth it. Other than that, it looks like he has a chip on both shoulders.