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Aldridge: Man City working to different rules to Liverpool

Liverpool hero John Aldridge has accused Manchester City of avoiding Financial Fair Play.

Aldridge wrote for the Sunday World: "The Premier League is rightly hailed as the best in world football, but that status is under threat from Manchester City.

"There is a very good reason why the league containing the two best sides in European football was over by Christmas – and it's all down to the ridiculous financial advantage Manchester City have on all of their rivals.

"City manager Pep Guardiola is a fine manager and he has taken advantage of the lopsided financial landscape he is working in to win trophy after trophy.

"Yet the reality is City have been operating under different rules to every other team in England for a decade and more – and now they have foundations in place that make them hard to stop.

"In my view, UEFA and the Premier League should have stepped in long ago to rein in City's spending hundreds of millions of pounds on new players every summer, as they were blatantly pushing the Financial Fair Play rules to breaking point.

"Nothing was done when it should have been – and now they have a stranglehold on the English game that could remain in place for a long time.

"The only way I see City being knocked off their perch at the top of the table is if Guardiola leaves and his successor makes a mess of it, but it's hard to fail when you are playing under different rules to your rivals.

"While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has to balance the books in the transfer market, Guardiola can just spend, spend and spend until he gets it right."


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