Chris Sutton says Manchester City would have already won the league if they had Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk

Tinchy Stryder, Simon Webbe, guest, Anthony Costa and Chris Sutton at the inaugural Facebook Football Awards on May 26, 2015 in London, England.

Manchester City and Liverpool are going head-to-head for the Premier League title this season.

Pundit and ex-Celtic player Chris Sutton looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chris Sutton suggested that Manchester City would have already had the league sewn up by now, had they beaten Liverpool to Virgil van Dijk's signature last year, during a guest appearance on BBC Radio Five Live's Monday Night Club (19:45).

City currently sit top of the pile, ahead of second placed Liverpool due to a superior goal difference, but Jürgen Klopp's men do have a game in hand on Pep Gardiola's side.

 

The Reds have shown some weaknesses during their last few games, having taken just five points from their previous three outings, whilst Manchester City have really cranked up the pressure, winning three consecutive Premier League games, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one.

Sutton believes that Guardiola's men could have already wrapped up the league title, however, had they signed Liverpool ace Van Dijk last January.

He told BBC Radio Five Live's Monday Night Club:

21st October 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup Semi-final, Hibernian versus Celtic; Alan Stubbs and Chris Sutton before the match

"City could have gone in for Van Dijk at one stage and they could have bought him, and they didn't want to. Imagine had he gone to City, the league would be done now."

City were in for the Dutchman, but eventually chose to step away from the deal after Liverpool made a £75 million bid.

Whilst Sutton has a point, he is clearly exaggerating, considering that there are still three months remaining until the season finishes.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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