Paul Scholes: Man City's 2017-18 EPL Winners Better Than Current Liverpool Team

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2020

OLDHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Paul Scholes the head coach / manager of Oldham Athletic during the Sky Bet League Two match between Oldham Athletic and Crew Alexandra at Boundary Park on February 16, 2019 in Oldham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Manchester City's title-winning team in the 2017-18 season have the edge on the Premier League's current champions-elect Liverpool.

The Reds are on course to win their first top-flight prize in 30 years, as they sit 22 points clear at the summit of the table. City are their nearest rivals, although they have failed to replicate the standards set in the previous two campaigns.

Last season, City accrued 98 points on their way to the title, and in the campaign before, they reached a 100-point landmark.

Scholes had high praise for Jurgen Klopp's pace-setters, per Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live (h/t Joe Bray of the Manchester Evening News):

"What they've (Liverpool) done is sensational, the way they keep performing week in week out. They can go and win the treble and go unbeaten. It's not going to be easy.

"You do think at some point one team will beat them, but what they've achieved so far is nothing other than sensational, and of course they're going to win the league now it's just whether they can add the FA Cup and Champions League. You wouldn't bet against them winning a treble.

However, when compared to Pep Guardiola's juggernauts, Scholes said: "No, I don't think they are [better than City's Centurions]."

BBC 5 Live Sport @5liveSport

"I still think Pep's team will always play the better football." 🔵 #MCFC 2017-18 or 🔴 #LFC 2019-20? For Paul Scholes, Jürgen Klopp's side "just get the job done" compared to City's Centurions 👇 https://t.co/G06Ljaji40

At the moment, Liverpool are on course to better the 100-point tally City notched in 2017-18. After 25 games of the Premier League term, they've won a remarkable 24 matches, with the only draw coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

OptaFranz summed up just how much better Klopp's side have been than anyone else in the Premier League this season:

OptaFranz @OptaFranz

34 - Premier League leaders Liverpool have a 34-points advantage on 5th place, while Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern are just 27 points ahead of bottom side Paderborn. Lonely. https://t.co/egXPGHiYNO

Per Sky Sports Statto, Liverpool are on a ridiculous unbeaten run at the moment and closing in on a record for English football:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

🔴 @LFC extend club record & equal Nott’m Forest’s 42-game unbeaten top-division run set between 1978-79. Only Arsenal (49 games between 2003-04) have gone on a longer unbeaten run in English top-division history https://t.co/qdWMa5qyHw

Liverpool's football is certainly not dull to watch, although when City play at their fluid best, there aren't many more aesthetically pleasing teams in world football.

In the 2017-18 season, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva weaved their magic on a consistent basis, helping City dominate almost every midfield they faced. Factor in the goalscoring of Sergio Aguero and the wing wizardry of players like Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, Guardiola's team could tear through opponents.

Per Duncan Alexander of Opta, that record points total is one of a number of high-profile achievements Liverpool could surpass:

Duncan Alexander @oilysailor

It's almost certainly not going to happen but Liverpool can still match the 98-99 United treble, the 03-04 Arsenal Invincibles & the City 100 point campaign all in the same season. Which confirms that Chelsea letting in only 15 goals in 2004-05 is the best one.

Although Scholes' comments are likely to spark debate, as a United icon, he is unlikely to be particularly fond of City's previous dominance, nor of Liverpool's current stranglehold on the Premier League.

The midfielder won the Premier League 11 times with United, as well as two UEFA Champions League titles. The Red Devils are 38 points back on Liverpool and five behind Chelsea, who occupy fourth spot.  


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