Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that “everyone in this country supports Liverpool” as they chase his side down in the Premier League title race.
The Citizens beat Newcastle 5-0 on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the table to three points over Liverpool, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham on Saturday.
City also have a goal difference that is four better than the Reds and, with only three matches left to play this season, it really is theirs to lose.
However, despite it looking increasingly likely that they lift the title this season, Guardiola decided to go off on a tangent about the support Liverpool have received from neutrals and the media.
When asked how it felt to have re-taken control of the Premier League title race, Guardiola said: “Well one week ago, even when we were in front, nobody [was saying that]. Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.
“Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history behind them, in European competitions. Not in the Premier League, because they’ve won one in 30 years.
“But it’s not a problem at all. The situation is what it is. We have to get nine points, maybe six right now, it depends what is going to happen in the next two games in terms of goal difference.”
Guardiola speaking to @CarrieBrownTV: “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone. Of course, because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition, not in the Premier League – won one in 30 years…” pic.twitter.com/KY5plfXj5x
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When asked if he really thinks everyone in the country wants Liverpool to win the title, Guarduiola added: “Liverpool alongside [Manchester] United are the most important teams in history in terms of titles, legacies, history, dramas, for many, many things.
“But we are, for the last 10,11,12 years, being there and I know we are sometimes uncomfortable [for other people] but I don’t care.
“If the people wants Liverpool to win more than us it’s not the issue, it’s normal. Maybe we have more supporters all around the world, for sure, and here in England [people] support more Liverpool than us.
“But this is not the question, the question is: today, before the start of the game, the people cheering and supporting us more than ever in a home game because they know, even being out of the Champions League, we can rely on these players.
“The support was amazing and hopefully we can arrive in the last game here with the chance to be champions.”