No new injury worries for game against Man City
- Author: Steve Townsend May 07, 2019,
May 07, 2019, 1:30
The standard of this season's title race has rarely been equalled at the highest level of English football.
The Merseysiders must win their final game against Wolves if they want to keep their title hopes alive until the very last possible minute of the season, and hope that City drop points in their final remaining games.
"This was a hard game, probably the most hard game left out of any of Liverpool or City's games, and they've got the three points". It's the toughest league I've ever played as a manager, for the quality from the rivals. That's why being there is incredible. "But of course only one will take the prize and the other one will be at home sad". The big clubs are always thinking of the next one and the next one.
City would become the first side to defend the crown since Manchester United in 2008-09 and Guardiola said it would be an even more remarkable achievement to finish ahead of a side he compared to the Barcelona team that thrashed former club Bayern Munich in a Champions League semifinal in 2015.
Guardiola is delighted his players have been able to maintain the standards they set previous year amid greater pressure.
"When you get 100 points, everyone thinks we won't do what we have to do (the following season), that we will do less because we won, but it has been completely the opposite", the Catalan manager said. It's not easy, honestly, and they did it again. Obviously we have a huge game the next day so I'll be resting up but if it's on the telly I'll watch it and hope, but I'll not get too involved.
"In my career as a manager I've played against incredible sides, especially two". One is the Barcelona of Luis Enrique's [who won the treble in 2014-15], with Neymar, [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suárez in front.
Rodgers came closer to ending that drought than any other Liverpool boss over the past three decades as his side fell just two points short of City in 2013/14. Neither team have seen two or more goals in the first-half of a match since early April.
Manager Jurgen Klopp remains optimistic and Robertson admits the injury affected the team for a while, just like it did in last May's Champions League final when the Egypt global was forced off early on with a shoulder injury.
But with City firing on all cylinders, their efforts to land the trophy they crave above all look set to be in vain.
"Arriving at this stage, two games left with 92 points, after 100 points, being there, that is the most satisfaction I've had as a manager", Guardiola said. People take more caution about what happens. When you get 100 points, everybody thinks we will not do what we have to do, a little bit less.