Pep Guardiola told his post-match press conference that Liverpool and Manchester City deserve to win the Premier League title “as one.”
The Spaniard saw his side beat United at Old Trafford last night, returning to the top of the Premier League table with three games to go.
He told the media: “Liverpool and ourselves deserve the title as one. The team that is going to lose can’t have regrets because they have given everything.”
Guardiola’s message to Liverpool will fall on deaf ears as fans will feel as though City aren’t playing on an even playing field as a result of their alleged FFP transgressions.
In November 2018, German magazine Der Spiegel released an article that accused Manchester City of several violations of Financial Fair Play rules.
The Premier League’s reigning champions are currently being investigated by the league’s disciplinary board, UEFA, FIFA and the FA.
The issue for Liverpool and other challenging sides is that if City are found guilty and charged, they will have already won several titles.
There is no telling what kind of punishment could be served but from a Liverpool perspective, the damage could already be done.
If City are charged for breaking FFP rules and regulations, they could have won the Premier League by that point and any action the relative authorities take won’t positively affect Liverpool and co.
It is, of course, pointless whinging and whining about something that may never actually materialise as the charges could be swept under the carpet.
Fortunately for Liverpool, the Champions League could be their best chance at winning silverware this season.
A semi-final against Barcelona beckons.
Win that, and the Reds could end the season with 97 points in the Premier League while securing the club’s sixth European Cup.
Bring it on.