Pep Guardiola has given his own perspective on Liverpool and their poor run of form. His Manchester City side condemned the Reds to their third consecutive home defeat.
Liverpool aren’t winning the title – we can admit that. They’re now 10 points behind Manchester City having played a game more.
It’s quite hard to take, though. The Reds were top at Christmas and everything looked rosy. Then 2021 happened and it all collapsed.
Liverpool have won just two Premier League games since the turn of the year. They’ve lost four. In fact, they’ve just struggled to score goals.
The most worrying thing, though, is their home form. After going well over three years without defeat, they’ve now lost three in a row.
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Not all against good teams, either. They lost to Burnley and Brighton before that City defeat.
So despite Liverpool seemingly running away with it at Christmas, they’re essentially out of the running for the title. City, instead, sit comfortably at the top and look like champions.
How does Pep Guardiola see things after Liverpool fell away to leave his City side as favourites, then? He’s given his thoughts – and they’re very measured.
“All the good words are just because we are winning games – we are the same team that we were,” he said, per the Daily Mail. “Two months ago we were out of everything: we didn’t have any chance to be champions.
“Liverpool remains one of the best teams I’ve seen in my life and were able to make an incredible run at home unbeaten – destroying teams for two or three seasons without one defeat.
“Then immediately, you don’t know why, three defeats in a row. Do you think it cannot happen with us? Of course it can happen.”
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Well, we do know why – this isn’t the same Liverpool side. Instead of Virgil van Dijk partnering Joe Gomez at the back, it’s Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
Instead of Henderson and Fabinho in midfield, it’s Thiago and Curtis Jones.
It’s just not the same, neither in quality or suitability or cohesion. Liverpool have suffered badly from injuries this season.
Hopefully, they’ll quickly bounce back and there is at least one reason to feel confident about that – the fixture list.
But beyond that, Guardiola is right. It can happen. ‘It’ happening is now the only remote chance Liverpool have of winning the title, in fact.
So we’ll be crossing our fingers that City collapse. It’s all that’s left in the title race, really.