City trail league leaders Liverpool by two points at the worldwide break, though do have a game in hand on their title rivals.
Pep Guardiola's side are relentlessly pursuing an unprecedented quadruple, having already won the Carabao Cup in March.
In fact, Virgil van Dijk was also named the best defender in the world in a recent SPORTbible poll.
The Norway worldwide has scored 11 times in the Premier League this season, but was unable to find the net past Van Dijk in both games the Cherries played against the Reds this campaign.
City do have the better squad - especially in terms of depth - but to say that not a single Reds player would improve Guardiola's first eleven is not the case.
"Liverpool have grown hugely as a team recently and a lot of that is thanks to Van Dijk".
The Reds are in with a chance of winning the title for the first time in 29 years this season.
Narrowly pipping his strike partner into the top five, Roberto Firmino is not a centre-forward in the typical mould but seems perfectly suited to the style of football that Jurgen Klopp likes to play.
Rooney's former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand offered up similar sentiments, as he told Independent.ie that a title win for Liverpool would be hard to take.
"Personally I would love to see Liverpool win it", Townsend said on Premier League Today.
Liverpool are now two points ahead of Pep Guardiola's men on the table, although the champions have a game in hand. It's now in Manchester City's hands and I don't expect them to let it slip.
Liverpool head into the worldwide break two points clear of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League and Reds fans will be hoping that Pep Guardiola's City can fail to capitalise on their game in hand and thus giving Jurgen Klopp's men the advantage once again in their quest for a first Premier League crown.