Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said that Liverpool are ‘almost perfect’ after his side failed to beat West Ham United yesterday.
Guardiola’s claim about Liverpool came whilst speaking to BBC Sport following the 2-2 draw at the London Stadium. That result means that City will be guaranteed the Premier League title should they beat Aston Villa at home on the final day. But Liverpool are still alive.
“We couldn’t expect differently against this Liverpool, it’s almost a perfect team,” said Pep. “I’m honest when I say that they could win the title three, four, five each years before. Both have done an incredible season in the Premier League.”
Any further slip-up from City on the final game, and Liverpool could pounce. Should The Reds win their remaining two games, and Steven Gerrard’s Villa can take something of Pep, the title will come to Anfield.
The ball is very much in the Manchester club’s court though, and Guardiola is thankful for that.
“We are lucky to have our home game to decide the title. we don’t depend on anyone, we don’t have to look at anything else,” he said.
All eyes on Stevie G
Well, well, well. The football script-writers have been working overtime on this one.
Should Liverpool take three points from their trip to Southampton tomorrow, Steven Gerrard has a chance to hand his old club the Premier League title.
Of course, The Reds can’t take their trip to the South Coast on Tuesday evening lightly. Both Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are certain to miss the game, and there’ll be more tired legs and minds after a gruelling Wembley showdown with Chelsea on Saturday.
Anything other than a win and the title is all-but wrapped up for City. Liverpool lost at Southampton last year and the Saints are still not quite safe from relegation themselves.
If Liverpool do get the expected result though, there could be some real drama on the final day of the season.
How fitting it would be for a team led by Gerrard to deliver the title to Liverpool.
City still the favourites
City are obviously huge favourites for the game, particularly as Villa play on Thursday whereas Pep’s team have a full week off.
But going into the last week of the season, Liverpool still have some hope. Stevie has rescued The Reds from much more dire situations many times in the past. If there’s one man who knows how to dig Liverpool out of a hole, it’s their former captain.
After the heartache of missing out on a Premier League title with his boyhood club, it would be a deserving redemption story for one of the country’s greatest ever players.