John Stones claims Manchester City are still the best team in England despite Liverpool cruising to the Premier League title.
The Reds currently have a 23-point lead over City with four games left to play, and are eyeing City’s 100-point record set in 2012/18 – they need three more wins to eclipse it.
Liverpool have lost just twice all season, compared to nine for City.
But Stones still believes his side are the best in the country, and is confident they will be back to their best next season.
“I think yeah, quietly confident,” Stone told beIN Sports when asked if City were still the best team in England.
“We know our abilities and I think that the standard that we’ve set for ourselves and each other in the dressing room is every three, four days, playing at this high, high standard over the last few years is something to be very proud of as players.
“That’s what we keep striving to do and take that into next season and to finish this season off by keeping our standards and trying to better ourselves, as I said, defensively and taking our chances at the other end of the pitch.”
“It’s frustrating for all of us really,” Stones added, referring to the season as a whole.
“I think it’s something we’re definitely not proud of from previous seasons, breaking the record, doing back-to-back and then this season letting games slip where we’ve been on top and been the better team is something we need to improve on and are looking to try and do that.”