Guardiola warns Liverpool can still catch up with Manchester City in the Premier League title race

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The Spaniard still sees the Reds as realistic contenders for the trophy despite their losing streak earlier in the year.

Pep Guardiola has warned his players that Liverpool can still catch up with Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.

The reigning champions fell 13 points behind City in the standings after losing 3-1 at Leicester City on Sunday, while Guardiola’s side managed a comfortable 3-0 home win against Tottenham.

City also have a game in hand over fourth-placed Liverpool, but Guardiola still refuses to rule them out of the race for top prize in English football.

What was said?

“From what I saw from the way they played Leicester, we would have to lose games, but of course they can,” Guardiola said at his post-match press conference. “It is the same Liverpool that I met in the last game. In the pits they are not as clinical as before, but the quality of their game is still there.”

Liverpool’s decline

The recent form suggests that Guardiola’s comments stem from his respect for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp rather than any fact-based evidence that they can still fight for the Premier League trophy.

Liverpool topped the table on Christmas Day, but have only had two wins in ten games since then, with five losses and three draws.

The Reds have only scored nine goals during that span, and are now 30 points worse than at the same stage last season.

Resurgence of the city

In stark contrast, City have enjoyed an unprecedented winning streak that has seen them re-emerge as the dominant force in the top flight after a slow start to the 2020-21 campaign.

The Citizens have won 15 straight games in all competitions, including 11 in the Premier League, scoring 43 goals and conceding just five at the other end of the field.

Currently City are seven points clear of second-placed Leicester, who have played one game less, with archrival Manchester United one point behind after the same number of games.

What comes next?

City are now looking forward to a meeting with Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday, where they will have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are preparing for a Champions League round of 16 first leg against RB Leipzig, to be held in Budapest due to coronavirus travel restrictions in Germany.

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