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Liverpool legend Aldridge brands Man City, Chelsea success 'plasticised'

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has branded the success of big spending Manchester City as "plasticised".

Aldo wrote for the Irish Independent: "Take nothing away from City, they are a top side with an excellent manager and after a decade of obscene money flowing in from their Arab investors, there would be something wrong if they were not a very good team at this stage.

"A part of me will never be comfortable with the reality that City are only sitting where they are now on the football landscape due to the manipulation of our game by billionaires who have an agenda that doesn't really make any sense to me.

"Some have raised suspicions over why a guy like Roman Abramovich has thrown so much money at Chelsea or the Abu Dhabi-based group that owns City are so keen to spend billions on football, but there is nothing we can do about that.

"They are using monopoly money and don't care how much they spend, yet Liverpool and the rest have to try and compete with them or they will take the game away from the rest.

"That's why Liverpool had to pay a crazy £75m fee to sign Virgil van Dijk, with the owners of Paris Saint-Germain, Man City and Chelsea changing the game with their big spending madness.

"These people are using football to spread their assets and clubs like Chelsea and City and enjoyed plasticised success as a result in the last few years, but let's not get carried away with Guardiola and his class of 2017/18 just yet."

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