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  • David Tyrer

Another Guardiola press conference, another LFC mention

It's becoming quite a theme in the past 12 month, as Man City boss Guardiola becomes more and more paranoid about Liverpool closing the gap on his 'perfect' team.

The Reds are the first team since, perhaps, Real Madrid during Guardiola's early years as Barcelona coach who have genuinely gone toe-to-toe with one of his teams come away without a bloodied nose.

Liverpool were the first team to beat Man City in the Premier League two seasons ago, before beating them in the Champions League quarters, winning 5-1 on aggregate.

Then last season, Jurgen Klopp improved his team to the extent that we literally pushed them to the last day of the season. Missing out on the title by a single point.

Of course, the big bug bear for the Spaniard will be that Jurgen Klopp has been in four European finals since arriving at Anfield, winning the Champions League last season and the Super Cup last month. Guardiola has still to reach a semi-final in Europe at City.

So you can perhaps understand his unhealthy obsession with us, and his need to name-check us in almost every press conference.

Last night after their win at Goodison, he told the assembled press: "We knew Liverpool won again and the gap was eight points, so big, so we won three points and it’s five in September, with a lot of points to play for.

"We know which team we’re playing [in the title race] right now, they are seven victories in a row, champions of Europe and playing good football, this is our rival and we know we can’t drop too many points because last season they lost just one game.

"The season is long, we have to keep going and be there, maybe we can push them a little bit more and try to make the third Premier League in a row."

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