Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has long claimed his side wouldn’t finish the Premier League season unbeaten.
That won’t happen, but his men did everything in their power to extend their 30-match league run without a loss in a 4-3 decision at Anfield on Sunday.
Tied 1-1 at halftime, the Reds went ahead 4-1 with a three-goal barrage around the hour mark. City scored twice late but Sergio Aguero’s late stoppage time header sailed into the outside of the netting.
“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” Guardiola said. “The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1. You have to be stable when you concede a goal and we were not solid enough. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.”
And the final score combined with Newcastle’s performance at home in a 1-0 loss to City in December is not promising for the Magpies’ visit to the Etihad Stadium next week.
“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Jurgen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes.”
Man City’s league lead remains 15 points, but could sink to 12 if Manchester United beats Stoke City on Monday. Still, the title is pretty snugly in the blue part of Manchester.