Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the “most difficult” league rivals he has faced in his managerial career.
City lead the Reds by a single point with two games remaining in one the most fiercely-contested title race the Premier League has ever seen.
If both teams win their remaining two fixtures – City will finish with 98 points, while Liverpool would have 97 – as Guardiola aims to win the eighth league title of his ten-year career as a manager at the top level.
Real Madrid finished second to Guardiola’s Barcelona in La Liga with 96 points in 2009/10 and 92 points in 2010/11, before eventually becoming champions ahead of them with 100 points in 2011/12.
But it is Liverpool who Guardiola says have been his greatest challenge.
“In the league, yes, it is the most difficult one for sure. Every league you win is so nice and it is always difficult but this one especially so,” Guardiola told Sky Sports News.
“And especially where we have come from, getting 100 points and still being there. [It is difficult] for athletes to maintain that level for a long time and we have done it again.”