Harry Kane would have made Manchester City unstoppable this season, according to Gary Neville, who admitted he has one ‘doubt’ about Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Premier League champions dominated Liverpool in the first-half of their Anfield clash on Sunday, but could only score twice in the second-half to rescue a draw.
Meanwhile, Kane is still trapped at Tottenham after Daniel Levy priced the Etihad side out of a summer move. The England captain is yet to score in the league this season and has looked dejected in a white shirt.
Sergio Aguero left the Citizens for Barcelona this summer after he’d been their go-to man for goals for a decade, and Neville believes their failure to replace the prolific Argentine could cost them the title.
‘This City team are special,’ the former Manchester United right-back told Sky Sports.
‘There is one thing that stands in their way, everybody in the league knows it, everybody in Manchester knows it: Have they got that ruthless cutting edge?
‘In the first-half (at Anfield) they should have been out of sight. Will that cost them come January and the end of the season, will they fall short because they haven’t got that striker who is going to get that 25-30 goals?
‘They didn’t quite go all the way for Kane but they’ve done that before with Alexis Sanchez, they had a threshold and didn’t go past it. But have a plan B, you’d expect with a club like City have got somebody else lined-up, even as a temporary measure.
I know Guardiola loves the idea of playing with a team of midfielders but there is that doubt that only exists because of the lack of a striker.
‘If City had Kane, I’m telling you now this league is done. Forget the form Kane is in now or what he’s doing at Spurs, him amongst that group of City players is taking a chance in that first-half. He’s gold.’
For all City’s chances they went behind after Sadio Mane’s strike after 59 minutes on Sunday.
Phil Foden levelled before a piece of Mo Salah magic edged the Reds ahead again, but Kevin De Bruyne was there to save City once more in the final 10 minutes.