Roy Keane believes “the indicators are good” for Manchester Metropolis’s defence this season.
Since transport 5 targets at dwelling to Leicester, Pep Guardiola’s males conceded solely 3 times within the subsequent eight video games in all competitions forward of Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool on the Etihad Stadium.
Huge-money summer time signing Ruben Dias has slotted into the Metropolis staff and fashioned a promising partnership with Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.
“The indicators are good,” Keane informed Sky Sports activities earlier than the Liverpool match.
“I believe what the 2 gamers give the staff is a pleasant little bit of steadiness, a pleasant presence on the again.”
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Laporte’s prolonged lay-off as a consequence of a knee damage final season proved an enormous blow to Metropolis’s title hopes.
Manchester United legend Keane in contrast the absence to that of Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool.
Van Dijk is about to overlook the remainder of this season after struggling a critical knee damage within the Merseyside derby towards Everton.
“We noticed final 12 months what an enormous loss Laporte was and I suppose it’s what Van Dijk is to Liverpool, an enormous presence and it makes the opposite gamers round them higher,” Keane added.
“So the indicators are actually good there.”
Fellow pundit Micah Richards stated: “I actually like Ruben Dias, he has been a commanding determine on the again. He’s nonetheless solely younger, solely 23.
Manchester Metropolis tackle Liverpool within the largest match of the season thus far.
Pep Guardiola’s males are determined to regain the Premier League title, however the champions are already again on high of the desk, and Sunday’s crunch on the Etihad Stadium – even so early within the season – is essential to their possibilities of difficult for the crown.
Metropolis lie 5 factors behind the Merseysiders within the desk, however have a sport in hand, so three factors on Sunday may see them actually again within the race.
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“Folks point out changing Vincent Kompany, that’s going to be troublesome, however he’s acquired the appropriate basis and has began effectively sufficient so we are able to see sufficient to say he’s going to be adequate to create a superb partnership with Laporte.
“Laporte has been glorious, everyone knows what he can do, the one criticism is that he has been choosing up too many niggles so individuals have needed to step in and probably not do the job on the degree that’s wanted for that again 4.
“I can see a extremely good partnership making right here with these two.”