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Klopp’s sober update on Virgil Van Dijk’s condition.


Liverpool have refused to state that the Dutchman’s injury was season-ending like that of Joel Matip

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return before the end of the current season.

Van Dijk suffered a torn ACL back in October, and although a return to action this year always seemed unlikely, Liverpool have refused to state that the Dutchman’s injury was season-ending like that of Joel Matip.


There is still some hope as Klopp confirmed in his press conference that he plans to include Van Dijk in his 25-man Champions League squad, but he is not optimistic about the defender’s chances of playing.

“Whatever happens, I think we have space for Virgil on the Champions League list,” Klopp said. “I think he was on the Premier League list. Nobody told me I have to change something with that. If we have space in the Champions League list then Virgil will be on the list.


“In the moment, I don’t know where these things are coming from – nobody really, no doctor, nobody really told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again. I don’t want to say that’s absolutely impossible but it’s not likely. It’s not likely. We don’t have to discuss these things really.

“If we have space we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there’s no chance. We put them on because we believe in miracles from time to time.

Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return in 2020/21 | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“But if there’s no place then we have to consider these kind of things and say, ‘The chance is not too big so we have to make the decision.’ But if they are on the list then it’s only because we hope for nearly a miracle. That’s it.”


Liverpool finally dipped into the transfer market to sign some replacement centre-backs, bringing in Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak from Preston and Schalke respectively, but Klopp warned fans not to expect to see the pair starting together anytime soon.

“The good thing is it’s football still,” Klopp said when asked if the pair’s lack of Premier League experience was behind his decision. “They played in Germany, they played in the Championship, so that’s not a problem.

“Coming into defence, we’ve had 12 or 13 different centre-half pairings, and that makes it more difficult for the likes of Neco [Williams] and Kostas [Tsimikas] as well. Kostas is new, Neco is still young, you search for stability in the team, and when you change that often [it is harder].

“We obviously don’t live in an ideal world, and that means we have to be smart, we have to be quick and we try everything to do that.


We have different things to help them and it goes faster, but we obviously play different to Preston, obviously different to Schalke, that’s clear.

“They will need time, but we don’t have a lot of time, so we will use the time we have in our hands and try our best. If they would have to start tomorrow night together, I think that would not be too cool. But we will give them a few more days.”



Southampton finalizes late hour Takumi Minamino loan move.


The move has also enabled Southampton to send Shane Long out on loan to Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.

Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino has completed a sensational loan move to Southampton in the dying embers of January’s transfer deadline day.


The Japan international has agreed to spend the remainder of the season on the south coast as he goes in search of more game time, having struggled to break into Jürgen Klopp’s plans this season.

The transfer window seemed to be drawing to a quiet close, before news broke of the Saints’ pursuit of the 26-year-old with fewer than two hours remaining to seal the deal.


Having passed a last-minute medical, the 11th-hour loan move has been confirmed in a statement on Southampton’s website.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season.

“He will help provide another good attacking option, and is importantly the right profile of player for us. This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time, and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch.”


Minamino – who only joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg a year ago – has featured 17 times in all competitions this season, but has struggled for starts behind the established front three of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Takumi Minamino is on the move | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

However, he has still managed four goals and two assists, and his versatility means he will give the Saints an option out wide and in attacking midfield.

A lack of quality depth would have been a real concern for Hasenhuttl as his side attempt to mount a European challenge in the second half of the season.

The Irishman has never been a regular scorer at St Mary’s, but his hard work and willingness to run the channels had seen him in stay in favour over the past few seasons.


Minamino is Southampton’s only arrival of the January window, while young defender Yan Valery was the second player to leave the club on deadline day.

He’s joined Birmingham City on loan, having been shut out of the first team picture by Kyle Walker-Peters.



Liverpool moves to sign Ozan Kabak ‘on loan’ – Report


Kabak has been one of the shining lights in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for Schalke.

Liverpool are pushing to sign Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, but face a race against time to get the deal over the line before the transfer window closes.

The Reds have sparked into life in the transfer window and are looking to conclude deals for two centre-backs. Preston’s Ben Davies is expected to be one, while Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car was identified as an option late on Sunday.


However, talks with the French side quickly hit an impasse, with Mohamed Bouhafsi revealing that a deal was now off the table, and sources have confirmed to NoRM‘s known Media that negotiations are now underway over a loan deal for Kabak.

Klopp wants more options at the back | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

A target during the summer, Liverpool have long admired the 20-year-old, who has also played his way onto the radar of Manchester United.

A report from Sky Sports News adds that Liverpool have already made preparations for Kabak to undergo a medical in Germany, but it could all come down to whether Schalke can find a replacement before the Bundesliga window closes at 17:00 (GMT).

Schalke have identified their preferred target, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to get a deal over the line in time, particularly as they will not be pocketing much money from Liverpool if they do loan out Kabak.


The Reds are keen to pay a loan fee of around £2.5m and pick up the option to sign Kabak permanently in the summer, but Schalke are yet to accept the bid as they are focused on finding an alternative.

Ozan Kabak is on Liverpool’s radar | Lars Baron/Getty Images

They currently sit bottom of the Bundesliga table, having picked up just eight points from 19 games, but their young defender has definitely stood out.



Liverpool’s shocking interest for Preston’s Ben Davies


Liverpool would likely be able to land him for a minimal fee too, with only six months remaining on his contract and Preston in no real position to stand their ground.

Liverpool are being linked with a shock move for Preston North End centre back Ben Davies, who is also being tracked by Scottish giants Celtic.

The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning the January transfer window is Preston’s last opportunity to receive a sum of money for the defender, as he could leave for nothing on June 30.

According to NoRM‘s known Media, Premier League giants Liverpool have made an enquiry for the defender as they look to bolster their central defensive options for the remainder of the campaign.


Jurgen Klopp and co will consider themselves favourites to land Davies, especially as this deal could convince the Reds to send youngster Sepp van den Berg on loan to Deepdale in order to sweeten the bargain.

Davies is being chased by both Celtic and Liverpool | Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Although Davies is not experienced at the highest level, he is capable of playing at centre back or slotting in at left back if needed, providing Klopp with even more reason to take a gamble on the Preston star.

Klopp is hoping to strengthen his defence
This news will come as a huge blow to Preston and Celtic. For the Lilywhites, they are resigned to losing their star centre back, as interest from the Reds would prove too good to turn down for the Championship man.

It’ll be equally as disheartening for Celtic, who had hoped to land Davies in a bid to cover their own defensive woes.


The Hoops signed Shane Duffy from Brighton in the summer, but he has not prevented them from shipping goals and slipping to 23 points behind leaders Rangers.

Davies is being linked with a move to Liverpool | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Celtic have been pushing to complete a deal before the transfer window shuts on Monday night, either to sign him immediately or arrange a move for the start of next season.



All is under control – Jurgen Klopp says.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confessed that he is not worried by his team’s recent struggles, instead claiming that everything has been blown out of proportion by the media.


A run of four games without a victory and three games without a goal has seen Liverpool tumble down to fourth in the Premier League, but they will hope to get things back on track against a stubborn Burnley side on Thursday.

Liverpool’s poor form has led to plenty of scrutiny about both the team’s present and future, but Klopp insisted that he is not humouring the drama whatsoever because he can actually see the progress his side are making,

“We all know it is all about results but sometimes you can see little steps in the right direction or not,” he said. (via Sky Sports News). “But it is nothing for you (the media) because you can’t deal with small details. You make them big things. You are not ready for this information.


“We wanted to play better but there were a lot of good signs and I cannot ignore them and I will not.

“You cannot change the approach because everybody who has no real idea about the job expects now massive changes, from the wake-up call to the nutrition, because we don’t have the results. Sometimes we have to be really, not stubborn, resilient maybe, and do it.

“I understand that at the moment in the press conference people think ‘Oh he is so entertaining’ and now they think ‘What kind of mood is he in?’, ‘Does he see reality?’.
It (scrutiny) is just getting earlier and earlier but it is all fine. We are on it, believe me.”

Klopp was also quoted by The Mirror as saying: “It is not a catastrophe, it is not perfect, but that is not important. Be as good as you can be.”


The boss previously revealed that centre-back Joel Matip is available for selection after shaking off his injury, but forward Diogo Jota will remain on the sidelines for another few weeks while he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk has also made impressive progress in his bid to return from a serious ACL injury. He’s currently in Dubai and has been working with specialists to start kicking a ball again.



Klopp speaks on Van Dijk’s injury.


Liverpool have never given a timeframe for the Dutchman’s return, and although Klopp was reluctant to suggest that he could make a comeback before the season was out, he was positive about his progress.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Virgil van Dijk’s rehabilitation as ‘promising’, without giving a timeframe on the defender’s return as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.


The centre-back has not featured for the Reds since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) following a challenge from Jordan Pickford in October’s Merseyside derby.

Such was the severity of the injury, Van Dijk was expected to miss the majority of the season, although he has excited fans by sharing a video of himself juggling a football on his various social media accounts.

“I don’t know what is possible and what is not possible; I don’t think I’m the right person to judge that 100 per cent,” Klopp said (via liverpoolfc.com).

“He looks really good. I spoke to him this morning, I had him on the phone – he is in a really good mood. So it’s all very promising. But I don’t know when he will be back.


“There are for sure a lot of stages still to go over or pass or whatever. That’s clear. I had this injury myself. But for the time we are in and for how long he is out now, how long the rehabilitation is going on, he looks really, really promising. But that’s all.”

Van Dijk’s central defensive partner Joe Gomez is also poised to miss the majority of the season after rupturing his knee tendon while on England duty in November, while Joel Matip has been in and out of the side with various injury problems – a groin strain most recently keeping him out of the Reds last four games.



Liverpool Manager, Klopp lauds Manchester United’s defense.


Liverpool ended the game with 66% of the ball, and Klopp confessed to BBC Sport that he’s not exactly a fan of United’s preferred approach.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared less than impressed with the way Manchester United set up for the side’s 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Klopp’s men dominated possession and had far more shots on goal, but it was United who had the best chances and would have walked away with all three points if goalkeeper Alisson had not been on his toes.


“We played football, tried to do it, force them back into their own box,” he said. “The worst thing you can face in the world, in football, is you play against a side with world-class players and they all defend with all they have, deep in the box and only counter-attack.

“It’s really difficult – that’s the biggest challenge.”

Liverpool failed to break down United’s stubborn defence, meaning they are now on a run of three consecutive games without a goal, but Klopp insisted he is not worried by the Reds’ struggles in front of goal.


“There is nothing fundamentally different, it’s just the result is different,” Klopp stated (via the club’s official website). “We try and we don’t score or we try and we score – that’s a big difference, to be honest.

“It’s not that we ignore the fact and just hope it will be good again. We did that but the only possibility you have to score goals is to create situations and to be ready to fail and to do it again. That’s a massive difference between when you are flying and you score with pretty much each chance you have because then you deal with the missed chances better. It is just information. That is the difference and nothing else.

“I saw my team playing tonight and I saw a really good football team with a clear idea, with super passes, great counter-press and great desire to score – but we didn’t score.

We will create chances and we will score, but I know, now we face Burnley on Thursday and they are not famous for conceding an awful lot of goals.


Then a few days later we play again against United and they obviously defend with all they have.

“It is not that we just decide from now on we want to score again and now we will do it, but I see the boys really in the situation and I will help as much as I can so that we change it as quickly as possible.”



Klopp illustrates his Liverpool exit plans


Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp, who is contracted to the Premier League champions until 2024, has every intention of seeing out his term at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says he plans to see out the remaining four years of his contract at the English champions before returning to his native Germany.

Klopp penned a contract extension running until 2024 at Anfield in December, before guiding the Reds to a dominant first Premier League title triumph.

“Four years in Liverpool [and then] do nothing for a year” – Klopp’s plan
In an interview with SWR Sport, the 53-year-old said he intends to return to Mainz – where he launched his decorated coaching career – at the end of his time in elite football.

“Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz,” he said when asked about returning to Germany.

When pressed on where that fitted in to his plans on Merseyside, he replied: “Four years in Liverpool [and then] do nothing for a year. But in five years, the world can look very different.”


Liverpool face Arsenal in midweek after Burnley draw
Liverpool are back in action against Arsenal away on Wednesday looking to return to winning ways after a 1-1 home draw with Burnley.

“It will be different, but we will have a bit more space [preparation time], which is good,” he told the club’s official website.

“We have one more day. The last seven days now were really incredible, three games in pretty much a week is unbelievable in that moment.

“But it is how it is and now we have one day more and then hopefully we can completely recover. We will and then we go again against Arsenal, which will be an interesting one.”

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Final score: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley



Liverpool seek City’s favor as World of Football gets ‘Ugly’


Liverpool will need favours from Manchester City to clinch a first Premier League title in 30 years this week after being held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in a Merseyside derby without the usual fervour behind closed doors on Sunday.

Everton came the closest to breaking the deadlock as Tom Davies struck the post and Alisson Becker saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to deny the Blues a first derby win in 10 years.

Liverpool remain well on course to win the league with a 23-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s men at the top of the table.

The Reds could clinch the historic feat on home soil against Crystal Palace on Wednesday should City drop points at home to Burnley on Monday.

However, if City beat the Clarets and Chelsea on Thursday, Liverpool’s next chance to will come when they travel to their closest challengers on July 2.

Liverpool began a Merseyside derby like no other in the unfamiliar surroundings of a Portakabin in the Goodison Park car park before making their entrance from the opposite end of the ground to their hosts as Everton’s tight tunnel leaves little room for social distancing.


In keeping with all matches since the Premier League’s restart, players and officials took a knee prior to kick-off, but Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was caught unaware as he made a brief dash down the wing before realising and joining his teammates to kneel.

Another consistent feature with the Premier League’s first full weekend of action since March was a slow start as both sides adjusted to the new surroundings of empty stands.

Of the 23 goals scored in 11 games, 18 have come in the second half.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp left Mohamed Salah on the bench for the full 90 minutes due to a minor injury problem.


Without the Egyptian and Andy Robertson’s positive runs from left-back Liverpool lacked their usual dynamism as they struggled to break the hosts down.

Roberto Firmino dragged the best chance of the opening 45 minutes wide, while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long range free-kick was the only shot on target either side managed before the break.

The visitors upped the tempo and their intensity in the second half as Klopp introduced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi in the search for a winner.

But the longer the game went on, it was Everton who looked the more likely side to score on the counter-attack.


Richarlison fired a warning shot as he blazed over after getting in behind.

Calvert-Lewin’s improvised flick then forced Allison into a fine save and Davies’s follow-up effort came back off the post.

Calvert-Lewin then headed just wide from the resulting corner and Allison stood tall to deny Richarlison again as Everton scented a first derby in 22 attempts.

But they had to settle for a point as Liverpool failed to win in the Premier League for only the third time this season.



Klopps Interest? Mbappe Shattered


Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar Kylian Mbappe is reportedly ‘very flattered’ by the interest Liverpool have shown in him.


The high-flying Reds have long been linked with the France superstar, with manager Jurgen Klopp making no secret of his admiration for the 21-year-old.

French outlet Le10Sport claimed last month that Klopp had reached out to Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, regarding a potential blockbuster transfer next summer.

And they are now reporting that it was a move the World Cup winner appreciated.

The Reds are said in the market for a huge name in the event that Senegalese talisman Sadio Mane departs for pastures new.

Still, any such move for Mbappe would likely have to shatter the world record transfer fee paid for a footballer.


The record still currently stands at the eye-watering £198million Paris Saint Germain paid to trigger the release clause of Neymar in 2017.

Figures around the £250m mark have been mooted for Mbappe, but the market has become distorted amid the coronavirus pandemic and big name stars could now move at lower figures.

As reported by Sportsmail, Liverpool did make contact with the representative of Mbappe in the summer of 2017, when the then Monaco star was preparing to make his first big move on the European stage.

Such has been the rise of Premier League champions elect Liverpool in recent seasons, Klopp now feels the world’s best players see Anfield at the ultimate destination.

Despite this, however, the German has previously admitted the chances of putting together a deal for a player like Mbappe remains increasingly difficult.

‘(Buying) this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG,’ said Klopp when asked about the Frenchman in November 2019.

‘I don’t see any club, that is how it is. We are involved in the clubs that cannot do it – it is as easy as that.


‘OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him – what a player he is! It is about the money, of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance.’

Klopp added: ‘The club is in a very good position. Image-wise, it maybe (always) was but now I think it is easier to live the life of a Liverpool supporter and that means automatically being in a situation to sign the players you want to sign.’



Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool would “wrap title up right there” with Kalidou Koulibaly


Liverpool would be an unstoppable proposition if they signed Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to the club’s former midfielder Don Hutchison.


While the top of the table Reds wait to be allowed to resume their Premier League title quest, there would appear to be little thought of any summer transfers at Anfield given the financial complications surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

But despite that, and indeed the form of Joe Gomez, Hutchison has urged his former club to enter the market for Sadio Mane’s Senegal international teammate Koulibaly, who could leave Napoli this summer.

“I think if Koulibaly comes through the door and he plays alongside Virgil van Dijk, I think you wrap the title up right there,” Hutchison, who spent four years at Liverpool between 1990 and 1994, told ESPN FC.

“I don’t think there’s anyone better, there won’t be another partnership like it.


“The best defenders out there in Europe apart from the Premier League at the moment is Milan Skriniar at Inter [Milan], my gut feeling is he’s going to join Pep [Guardiola] at Man City, and alongside him is Koulibaly.

“I think at 28 he’s a great age, he’s got good pace, he’s strong, he’s a leader.

“I think he walks straight into Liverpool’s line up and he makes them harder to beat, he makes them a physical presence.


“You wouldn’t want to play against Van Dijk or Koulibaly – how on earth as a striker as a striker do you even think about getting any joy out of those two?

“I think if you’re going to win titles and you want to try and adapt, Liverpool have to be harder to beat.

“You have to go into Europe and you have to have people like Koulibaly who can lead you in Europe.


“You can try and go that way when games are tight if you want a clean sheet, Koulibaly and Van Dijk, [Andy] Robertson and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] would be nigh-on impossible to break down, Alisson behind them.

“And it would just put fear I would imagine into every manager and every player that lines up against Liverpool trying to come up with a game plan of how you’re actually going to score goals, what is Liverpool’s weakness going to be?

“And with Koulibaly and Van Dijk and Alisson as that sort of triangle, that three, they would take some beating.”



Klopp ‘holds talks with Karius with regards to potential return to Liverpool’


Turkish newspaper Aksam report Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has held talks with Loris Karius with regards to a potential return to the club.

The German goalkeeper has been on loan at Besiktas for the past two years, but there were reports in the Turkish media this month which stated they were looking to terminate his contract and send him back to Liverpool.


According to Aksam, Klopp has informed Karius he could return and remain with Liverpool for next season, but he’s made it clear he would be back up to Allisson.

However, there’ still a possibility Karius could find himself a new club this summer if he wants to be a regular first team player elsewhere.

The former Mainz goalkeeper was linked with a move to Wolves earlier this month as he looked to cancel his contract with Besiktas because of unpaid wages. His contract with Liverpool will expire at the end of June 2022.



Klopp: EPL still in tough competition

Jurgen Klopp dismissed claims that Liverpool’s dominance is a sign that the Premier League has become less competitive, while warning that his side could still improve.

Liverpool went down to the wire last season against Manchester City in a thrilling title run-in before ultimately losing out by a single point.

In 2019-20, however, the Premier League has been little more than a procession, with Liverpool leading by a massive 22 points having won all but one of their games to date.

Two more wins for the Reds could see them clinch the title in record time if City fail to take a point from their corresponding fixtures; but Klopp believes the gap at the top does not show a dip in quality.

“I couldn’t care less [what people say]. Look, it is completely normal. I don’t think that we should have any concern for things like this,” he told reporters on Monday.

“If other people think like that – if they think City are not as good as they were – they are! They have scored a little less goals than us, conceded a few more, and if you look why it is clear they have been missing some players.

“The other teams are really strong too. Yes, Bayern beat Tottenham and Chelsea [in the Champions League] but they are really strong over a season.

Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool Manager

‘Yes, [Spurs and Chelsea] have had some problems, that’s all true. But in the moment that you play them you don’t feel that they have these problems. The points they have, we have no influence on that apart from the games when we play them.

“So it says nothing about the quality of the Premier League, especially when you look at City v Real Madrid. I know that people look at these things and you saw that one of the best teams in the world maybe in the moment and City were clearly better so that shows as well how strong the League is.”


Kagawa convinced me to join Liverpool and shun United – Minamino reveal

Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino has revealed how former Manchester United player and Japan teammate Shinji Kagawa helped convince him to move to Anfield.

Minamino signed for the Reds in January for just over £7m following a set of impressive performances for Austrian side RB Salzburg. The 25-year-old is still settling into life in England though, having made just four appearances for Liverpool thus far.

Takumi Minamino

Minamino has now revealed that Kagawa played an important role in his decision to join Liverpool, with the Japanese midfielder having played under Jurgen Klopp during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official matchday programme, he said (via The Mirror): “I spoke to Maya Yoshida at Southampton but I didn’t ask him about Liverpool.

“I just told him that I would be coming to the Premier League, but I never told him that it would be Liverpool!

“I also spoke to Shinji Kagawa as he had played for Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, too. Klopp talked to me about Shinji and Shinji talked about Klopp and from that I could sense that they had a really good relationship.

Shinji Kagawa (Left) | Jurgen Klopp (Right)

“Shinji said that Klopp was one of the best coaches in the world and now that I am here and working for him I have also realised he is one of the best coaches around.”

Minamino will be hoping to find his feet at the club soon, and despite having little chance in the league to impress, it is likely that he will get his shot in the FA Cup next Tuesday when Liverpool take on Chelsea.


Liverpool better than Manchester City – Pep..

…23 games, 22 victories, 1 draw

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola conceded the Premier League title to Liverpool and believes no team in the world would be able to stay with the European champions this season.
Liverpool is well on course for a first league title in 30 years as they lead City by 16 points with a game in hand after winning 22 and drawing one of their 23 games.

City has won back-to-back titles with a combined 198 points, denying Liverpool last season despite Jurgen Klopp’s men posting 97 points – the third-highest tally in top-flight English football history.

“Liverpool obviously will be champions of the Premier League, but they would be champions in Spain, champions in Italy, champions in Germany,” said Guardiola.

“They would be champions everywhere after 23 games, 22 victories, 1 draw.”

City have lost five league games this season, but Guardiola defended their record by pointing out it would still be good enough to mount a title challenge in Europe’s other top leagues.

“In the recent past when Chelsea won the league, the next season, they didn’t qualify for the Champions League, Leicester the same and Chelsea again the same. When we won the league we repeated the league,” added Guardiola.

“In Spain, with the points we have we would be there, one or two points behind the leader, in Germany we would be there, one or two points behind the leader, in Italy as well.

“But Liverpool are just fantastic, phenomenal, overwhelming. So we have to accept it and learn from that.”

Guardiola won three league titles in a row at Barcelona and Bayern Munich but believes the mental strength to bounce back of his current squad is just as good as any he has coached before.

And City could still end the season with three trophies as they look to defend the FA Cup and League Cup and take on Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

“Honestly, it is one of the best I have ever handled or faced in my career for how they react in the bad moments,” he said.

“The numbers, the results, not just in this season, I think are good. Even in the previous seasons, I think it was phenomenal. That is why I am so proud.”