The biggest and most eagerly anticipated match of the weekend was Liverpool vs Man City and it didn’t disappoint. It lived up to every bit of the hype and more, with The Reds beating The Blues 4-3 in a thriller. Bristol City demonstrated the template of how to get at Guardiola’s City in the League Cup, but they couldn’t finish the job.
Liverpool’s superior quality saw them get over the line on Sunday, and Pep was quick to praise Klopp’s men. There were no sour grapes whatsoever from Guardiola after the defeat. And, deep down inside, there is probably a little relief that Man City’s unbeaten run is finally over.
Guardiola Gives Liverpool Credit
Accusations of over-zealous celebrations were thrown about after Man City’s win in the infamous ‘Milkgate’ derby at Old Trafford. Whether there is any truth to those stories remain to be seen, but they proved at Anfield that they are certainly gracious in defeat. Pep spoke to the press after the match and he had no complaints.
He said: “We know how hard Anfield is and how aggressive Jurgen Klopp’s side are. Congratulations to Liverpool. I have to give credit to the opponent. After the second goal they scored the third and fourth and after that it’s always a complicated recovery.”
Premier League Race Not Done Yet
Man Utd closed the gap on City to 12 points when beating Stoke 3-0 on Monday night. It would take a monumental collapse from City to throw away such a big lead with just 15 games to go. However, Pep Guardiola is taking nothing for granted and he won’t allow complacency to become an issue.
Asked about what effect his team’s unbeaten run ending might have Pep insisted: “You have to focus on the next one and the next one. When every press conference in the last month said the Premier League is done, I always said, ‘No it’s not already done.’ There are still a lot of hard games to play.” City will not be looking nervously over their shoulders just yet, but they need to beat Newcastle this weekend to steady the ship.