Rodri has named Tottenham Hotspur as a surprising title challenger.
The Cityzens have secured five wins and two draws from their opening seven games in their Premier League campaign.
They are currently sitting second in the league table just one point behind league-leaders Arsenal.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are struggling for wins and have dropped points in four of their six games to date.
“Only partially [surprised],” Rodri told Gazzetta dello Sport in reply to a question about Liverpool’s start. “The Premier League level is so high that as soon as you slow down, you lose points. Liverpool are not in crisis, they are just less effective, and the Premier League does not allow you to relax.”
The Spaniard also addressed Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur who are level on points with Manchester City at the moment.
“They have put together a great squad and they have a manager who has very clear ideas and who knows how to convey them perfectly,” Rodri said.
“They know what they have to do and they do it with great precision. I see Spurs as candidates for the title. Conte’s career speaks for itself.”