Luck has been a major factor in Manchester City’s brilliant recent form according to Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.
Liverpool do have a game in hand to potentially reduce City’s lead to eight points, however City’s relentless form has seen them take control of a title race many had hoped would see the three sides battling until the final weeks of the season.
In their defence, Liverpool and Chelsea would point to various absences and injuries as a result of their own dips in form, with both sides affected by Covid outbreaks in recent weeks.
Van Dijk has been absent as a result of Covid, and pointed to the ‘bad luck’ of those isolation periods as a reason for Liverpool’s third-place standing as he claimed City had been comparatively unaffected.
“City got through the month of December particularly well,” he bemoaned.
“They had few injuries and few corona cases and that helps enormously. A small example is that me, Fabinho and Thiago all tested positive for Covid at the same time, three players who are important to the team.
“A big club like Liverpool still has good quality players, but the rhythm and dynamics of the team changes at such a time. There are still so many games to play – but you also need a bit of luck at this stage.”
City travelled to Swindon in the FA Cup on Friday without manager Pep Guardiola and seven players after a Covid outbreak at the club, with no confirmation yet on how that will affect their preparations for the Chelsea game.