Guardiola sends title warning to Liverpool and makes points claim

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned that Liverpool will face competition from four other clubs in next season’s race for the Premier League title.

The Reds are runaway winners of the competition this term, currently holding a 23-point lead over second placed City with five league fixtures left to play.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have also dominated the league, and also hold a significant advantage in the Champions League places with fifth-placed Manchester United 34 points adrift.

Liverpool are still on course to break the record points total of 100 set by Man City in 2017/18, needing 12 points from a possible 15 on offer to better it.

The largest winning margin in the Premier League era is also up for grabs, with City also holding that honour with a 19-point gap in 2017/18 over second placed Man United.

Despite Liverpool’s impressive run this term, Guardiola has warned that multiple clubs will be vying for the title next season, and has predicted how many points will be needed.

“I don’t see weak points from Liverpool in the future and I think United is coming back,” Guardiola said, as cited by the MEN.

He added: “I saw yesterday the game between Tottenham and Everton and the mentality already in the Tottenham players.

“They are already there with Mourinho.

“And the other clubs will be stronger.

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“Chelsea have already signed two players with the incredible squad that they have and will buy more players so I think every season will be tougher.

“I don’t think being champions with 80 points or 85 is going to happen in the next few years.”

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