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Pep Guardiola: Liverpool are the most difficult title rivals I’ve ever faced

By William Eldridge

Published: 18:47, 4 May 2019 | Updated: 23:47, 20 September 2022

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool are the most difficult title rivals he’s ever faced in his career to date.

The two sides are locked in a heated battle at the top of the Premier League with both teams in with a chance of claiming this year’s title.

City vs Liverpool: Five things you need to know…

  1. Manchester City are top of the Premier League with 92 points with Liverpool on 91 points, both teams have two games to play.
  2. This year’s runners-up has already broken the Premier League record for highest points without winning the league (currently 91 points).
  3. The Reds have only lost once – a 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City – all season.
  4. They have also only conceded 20 goals.
  5. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten at home in the league, winning 16 of 18 games so far.

Speaking to reporters before this weekend’s crucial round of Premier League fixtures, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola revealed his views on this season’s title race.

The former Barcelona boss insists that Klopp’s Liverpool side are the toughest opposition he has faced in any title race, including battles he had in La Liga and in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich.

He said: “In the league, yes, it is the most difficult one for sure. Every league you win is so nice and it is always difficult, but this one especially so.

“And especially where we have come from, getting 100 points and still being there. [It is hard] for athletes to maintain that level for a long time and we have done it again.”

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By far the best

Whether it’s Manchester City or Liverpool who get their hands on this season’s Premier League title, either side will undoubtedly be worthy winners.

They have scored more than any other side in the division. In fact, the two sides together have only scored 20 goals less (174) than Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea combined (194) such is their scoring prowess.

They have both (unsurprisingly) had the most shots on target (246 for City, 217 for Liverpool) and have had far more touches in the opposition’s box (1492 for City, 1191 for Liverpool) than any other team in the division.

The fact that third-placed Tottenham Hotspur are closer to Watford who sit 10th than second place Liverpool says it all, 20 points above the Hornets and 21 points behind the Reds.

It’s going to be one hell of a final two matches.