Why Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are not in Liverpool’s league

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Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City cannot be considered anything like as big a club as Liverpool until they start winning more trophies.

City are runaway leaders at the top of the Premier League and odds-on to win their third title in seven seasons.

The Etihad side are also still on for the quadruple having progressed to the League Cup semi-finals, the last 16 of the Champions League and the fourth round of the FA Cup.

City are 18 points ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool with the two teams clashing at Anfield on Sunday.

But City manager Guardiola, formerly boss at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, acknowledges his club remain some distance behind the Reds in one important aspect.

Asked about the importance of winning the League Cup – City face Bristol City in the semi-final first leg on Tuesday – Guardiola said: “So important – a win helps to win more.

“To become a big club like the teams I’ve faced, or United or Liverpool with their history, you have to win.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores Liverpool's winner against Manchester City last season
Georginio Wijnaldum scores Liverpool’s winner against Manchester City last season

“It is nice to have good performances but you have to lift the titles. It’s important and we’re going to try.

“Nobody can take away what we’ve done so far. But I think it’s a big mistake just to be happy if you win (like now). We have to lift titles in the future – without them it’s not enough.”



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