Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has stated that Liverpool being out of the Champions League does not make their path easier.
Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City are still in the competition. The Citizens will face Lyon in the quarter-final stage.
Silva recently suggested that Liverpool not being in the competition does not benefit them.
“The fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out, it’s not going to make our path easier. That would be a wrong thought,” Silva told the London Evening Standard.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We don’t think that Silva’s comment was a dig at Liverpool for being knocked out of the competition. He was simply implying that the competition is difficult to win regardless of who is in it.
But, the reality is, Liverpool being out of the competition benefits Manchester City greatly.
Liverpool smashed Manchester City 5-1 over two legs in the Champions League back in 2018. It would be fair to assume that Manchester City might still have some scars from those two matches.
Liverpool also finished 18 points ahead of the Sky Blues in the Premier League this season. The reality is, Liverpool are currently a better side than Manchester City. The stats do not lie.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have also claimed the Champions League trophy. Pep Guardiola’s side have not. That experience is invaluable.
We believe that Manchester City should be grateful that Liverpool have been knocked out of the competition.