Pep Guardiola claims Liverpool are STILL IN THE title race but admits rivals “are no longer as clinical as they are” after Jurgen Klopp’s champions slipped 13 points behind the leaders with a late breakdown at Leicester
- Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool’s title defense in the Premier League is over
- The Liverpool manager said he didn’t think his side could catch Manchester City
- But Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool are still able to fight for the title
- He believes so despite being 13 points ahead of Liverpool with one game in hand
Pep Guardiola firmly believes Liverpool are still in the Premier League title race despite Manchester City being 13 points clear with one game in hand.
Liverpool’s hopes of defending their position as Premier League champions appear to be shaken when they conceded three goals in seven minutes in their 3-1 loss to Leicester City on Saturday.
Jürgen Klopp even admitted that Liverpool’s title fight could be over after losing in the sixth division of the season.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola firmly believes Liverpool are still in the Premier League title race
After the dramatic collapse of Liverpool in the second half against Leicester, Klopp said: “Yes, I admit. I don’t think we can fill the gap. We’re not worried about the title, we’re not silly. ‘
Guardiola doesn’t take anything for granted despite beating Tottenham 3-0 to be 13 points clear of his rivals.
He said: “From what I saw from the way they played against Leicester, we should lose games, but of course they can.
‘It’s the same Liverpool that I’ve met for the past few years. In the boxes, they’re not as clinical as they were before, but the quality of their game is still there. ‘
Jürgen Klopp conceded the Premier League title after his team had been defeated by Leicester 3-1
Liverpool conceded three goals in seven minutes as they collapsed to yet another defeat
Guardiola also shared his delight with his players’ performance as they dominated Tottenham.
He said, ‘It was well deserved. The way we wanted to play, the approach, was there.
‘Tottenham has a special quality and when we played them at Tottenham for the last two or three years we played well, created a lot of chances, they had two or three chances and we lost 2-0.
“So you don’t need anything to create opportunities. It depends on their quality. But we have a special way of playing and it doesn’t matter, that’s how we’re going to play, but we have to be patient, patient, patient.
Manchester City beat Tottenham and, with one game in hand, prevailed 13 points over Liverpool
Guardiola praised Gundogan for his performance and said he could win the game of the month
“The first five minutes they were better than when we arrived the first time, we hit what happens sometimes and we controlled the game, so yes, deserved it.”
Rodri opened the goal from the penalty spot for City, but it was Ilkay Gundogan who scored two goals in the second half.
Guardiola hailed Gundogan’s performance, claiming he could win Player of the Month again if he continued his good form.
He said: “I’m more than thrilled with his performance,” said Guardiola. “He won Player of the Month last month and if he keeps playing like this he will win it again.”