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Pep Guardiola: 'Liverpool will challenge for Premier League title next season'

Guardiola tips Liverpool for title challenge
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident that Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are likely to mount a strong Premier League title challenge next year.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that Liverpool are likely to mount a strong Premier League title challenge next year.

The Citizens have been largely unstoppable in this season's triumphant league campaign, but the Reds have beaten them three times in 2018.

Jurgen Klopp's charges were one of only two teams to beat City in the league while they also won both legs of their Champions League quarter-final.

"This season they were a big contender and they will be again next season," Guardiola told Sky Sports News.

"I will not say just Liverpool, but it's true - Liverpool, [because of] the way they play and the quality of their players, not just up front.

"I think [Virgil] van Dijk has helped them a lot to be more consistent in the defensive department, especially in the box, and [there is] the quality up front and the quality in the way they play.

"Jurgen is a top manager, creating not just an offensive style and not just thinking about the spectators. He's always positive, going there and creating good environments in the clubs.

"OK, we are 25 points in front so it's difficult to say he was difficult [to play against] in the end - but he was because they beat us."

Liverpool last won the English top-flight title in 1990.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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