Pep Guardiola has reiterated that he believes more than Jurgen Klopp does in Liverpool’s potential to win the league.
It is no secret that the Reds have had a sluggish start to the season, as evidenced by their seventh-place league standing right now, but there have been encouraging signals both at home and abroad.
Liverpool’s fortunes began to turn with a 7-1 thrashing of Rangers, and they have since followed up this electrifying performance in Scotland with victories against Manchester City and West Ham United.
“It looks like with my statement I believe more in the Liverpool team than their manager,” said Guardiola. “It’s just 10 fixtures gone, the World Cup in the middle and a lot of games to play, Europe involved and cup competitions involved, injuries involved. I said before, when we have six or seven games left, yes. When it is just 10 games, one thousand million things can happen.”
It was only last season City sat 14 points clear of Liverpool after a narrow victory over Chelsea in January, albeit having played two games more, but would be pushed all the way to the final match of the Premier League season by the Reds despite being declared champions by many months ahead of May.
While the title race may very well contain Arsenal on this occasion, Klopp will be looking for a similar outcome this season.