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Pep Guardiola’s passionate defense of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool

Pep Guardiola offered an impassioned defense of Liverpool after the Reds dropped out of the Premier League title race.

Liverpool should not be judged too harshly, says Pep Guardiola, as their fall from the title race was “unbelievable”. The Manchester City boss was speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s a match that could change the title race. City know they will become heavy title favorites if they win, while Arsenal would have the title in their own hands if Spurs get anything.

But you don’t have to go back too far to find Liverpool in the running. In fact, the Reds had the title their hands not long ago.

An incredible crash kills their chances though. Defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton were the real blow, while they dropped points against Manchester United despite dominating the game.

The watching Guardiola couldn’t believe what he was seeing as Liverpool spurned glorious chances en masse. He is now moved to praise the Reds for their efforts.

Pep Guardiola at Liverpool

“Listen, in football, we’ve seen Liverpool in recent weeks not being able to fight Arsenal, but you know how they lost the chance not to fight to the end?” he said in a press conference “I saw the Crystal Palace game in the second half, the (Manchester) United game, the chances they missed, it seems unbelievable! You can’t believe it!

“I saw it, I asked, ‘Give me all the Liverpool chances they missed.’ But they missed it without a goalkeeper, (with a) goalkeeper, nothing, and they missed! And for this reason, they do not fight to the end.

“Are they defeated? No. Are they failures? No. They are an incredible team, the same one that has been fighting against us for these many, many years, like last season, because at the end it tells me how incredible players, strikers, that Liverpool do not scored no goals”.

Liverpool’s efforts against United and Palace in particular were certainly “unbelievable”. The Reds went from being one of the best attacking teams in Europe – with the most goals at the start of the year – to a team that simply couldn’t score.

If it weren’t for that, the Reds would be in the title race right now. However, it’s a combination of that and their inability to stay solid at the back that cost them.

As we saw against Aston Villa, Liverpool can score goals, but if they are not able to defend, it doesn’t matter much. Indeed, it feels like the low points in recent weeks have only been the average side.

Third place feels right for this season and where this team is right now. Let’s hope they start next season, fix the bugs and can really compete for the title.