That is the view of former top flight manager Sam Allardyce who accepts his opinion on their direct tactics wouldn't be well received.
The Reds and City have wowed fans up and down the country with their differing but similarly effective styles.
Jurgen Klopp's high intense style at Liverpool has them on the cusp of a first league title while Pep Guardiola's possession-based game has yielded four seven trophies in the past two-and-a-half years.
Yet Allardyce isn't shy in highlighting their willingness to go long when the opportunity arises, singling out City shot stopper Ederson has a prime example.
"Liverpool play long ball very well indeed from right to left, and very quickly," Allardyce told the Daily Mail. "But nobody will say Liverpool play long ball.
"You wouldn't hear Martin Tyler saying it because it would be frowned upon.
"You've got to be careful about saying Liverpool play long ball. But that's the way it is. They play long ball exceptionally well and better than anybody else. And that's why they do it.
"One of the best long-ball players is the goalkeeper at Manchester City. His long balls are unbelievably effective. So when you think you're tying them down he goes 'bosh' and the ball is in your box and Sergio Aguero is scoring.
"The top clubs have different ways to beat you. So this emphasis on playing out at the back is over-cooked. Over time it'll work its way out and we'll return to normality."
Allardyce, who became known as the manager who would always win out in a relegation scrap, hopes that the ethos and principles led by Guardiola doesn't become England's sole focus.
The Catalan has embedded his principles at City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona and while it has bought joy to many the former Three Lions boss insists it is not the only way.
"Pep Guardiola has moved us all forward in a direction we're all happy with," he added.
"But there's a dangerous trend towards over-playing and thinking you can only play this one way."