Former Man City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has explained why he believes his former side have struggled against runaway leaders Liverpool this season.

Jurgen Klopp's men extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 25 points on Saturday by defeating Norwich City 1-0 thanks to Sadio Mane's late winner.

City came into the 2019/20 campaign as favourites to win the title again after two consecutive league successes under Pep Guardiola.

But the Blues have been behind from early on in the season, something which was highlighted when they lost 3-1 at Liverpool last November.

Now Eriksson has opened up on what has separated Liverpool and City this term.

"This Liverpool team have everything, and the best thing they did is buy [Virgil] van Dijk," he told the Sunday Times.

“You can attack with a lot of people because he will always sort out one against one at the back. If you have Van Dijk you can do whatever you want, he is out of this world.

"A couple of years ago, City were extremely good but I don’t think you can compete with the same hunger year after year, changing not too many players. [Pep Guardiola] is intense.

“I have a good example of that. Arrigo Sacchi slowly killed the players [at AC Milan], he asked too much. I got Ruud Gullit in Sampdoria, coming from Milan, and we talked about Sacchi.

“He told me that one day he, [Frank] Rijkaard and [Marco] van Basten went to see [the AC Milan owner Silvio] Berlusconi: ‘Us or him, Berlusconi, you have to choose, not one day more.’"