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Carragher tells Guardiola: No media conspiracy against Man City

Conspiracy is always a strange theme, whenever Liverpool are challenging for a title or Champions League, against another Premier League side.

The strange part is that it's always claimed that the media are on Liverpool's side; desperate for England's biggest club to come again, for that 'sleeping giant' to awake.

Nothing has changed this season either, with Man City manager Guardiola claiming more than once, although most recently after their narrow win at home to Leicester on Monday night, that LFC are favoured by the media.

In response to those weird claims, Jamie Carragher has written today in the Telegraph: "Pep Guardiola claims the English media is desperate for Manchester City to slip up and for Liverpool to win the Premier League this weekend.

"Having built my post-playing career as a TV and newspaper pundit, I can only speak personally about such an accusation and say this: Pep is right if he is including me in his list. I am desperate for Liverpool to lift the title.

"I doubt this is a startling revelation. I played 737 games for Liverpool so it would be as pointless pretending where my allegiance lies as it would my colleague Gary Neville, or any former player working in the media affiliated to a particular club. 

"But as with Gary, this does not mean we look upon our former teams less critically, or speak more harshly about others. In fact, it is the exact opposite."

The team go into the match at Wolves on Sunday, knowing that nothing but a win will give us a chance - that makes it pretty straightforward - win and hope for the best.

For Man City, it's also as straightforward, but they also know that anything less and they will likely finish the season without it. But the Man City boss believes that there is bias toward the Reds in the media. Something which Carragher isn't having.

He continued: "The praise for Manchester City’s performances over the past two seasons has been unequivocal and the most lavish I have directed at an English team or its coach.

"Should City defend their championship on Sunday they will be on course to achieve what I predicted on these pages on the opening weekend of the season – to become one of the greatest club teams English football has seen.

"If Liverpool do not win the title it is because of one club. Look at what City’s triumph over Liverpool at the Etihad achieved.

"As things stand, Leroy Sane’s winning goal has stopped Liverpool taking the title, collecting 100 points and becoming the new Invincibles.

"Jurgen Klopp’s side has been close to perfection and City are still one point better.

"I could scarcely imagine writing a negative word about Guardiola, who is fulfilling my expectation of eventually being recognised as the finest football coach of all time."

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