THE BALL – Redknapp on Rúben Dias: «Has the same influence as Van Dijk» (Manchester City)

Harry Redknapp acknowledged that the absence of Rúben Dias in the center of Manchester City’s defense is a huge problem for Pep Guardiola in the highly anticipated duel, this Sunday, against Liverpool.

The coach considers that the Portuguese international is as important in his team as Virgil van Dijk is in the reds.

“Rúben Dias makes a huge difference in Manchester City’s defense and I think Liverpool are capable of winning without him. I’m also not going to go that far and say that Liverpool will win the championship. Now, when they were without Virgil van Dijk for a long time, they were a different team. Rúben Dias has the same influence at City. He is the leader of defense and the one who organizes the sector. I have no doubt that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Luis Díaz and Diogo Jota will create all kinds of problems. They are very sharp players and can appear at any time, so I think City without Rúben Dias have less chance”, said the coach, in statements to the The Sun.