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Premier League news: Liverpool won't win the league as long as Pep is at Manchester City, says Paul Ince

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574   //    13 May 2019, 17:29 IST

Manchester City successfully defended the Premier League title
Manchester City successfully defended the Premier League title

What's the story?

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has claimed that Liverpool will not win the Premier League title as long as Pep Guardiola leads Manchester City, adding that the Reds need two or three more players to consider themselves "world-class".

In case you didn't know...

Manchester City secured their second consecutive Premier League title after beating Brighton and Hove Albion 1-4 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

The club beat title-rivals Liverpool, who have been engaged in a game of title catch-up with them for the better part of the season, to the title by a single point.

The Reds finished the season with a staggering 97 points after their 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield, but could not overcome Guardiola's relentless side.

The heart of the matter

Ince believes that Manchester City is unlikely to slow down under Guardiola and fears Liverpool will not be able to win a league title with the former Barcelona boss still in charge at the Etihad.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said (via Express UK),

"As long as Pep is at City, they won't win it. If Pep was to move, then I think Liverpool have more chance of winning it."
"I don't want that to happen because Klopp has done a fabulous job, but he's so reliant on the front three. He's brought Xherdan Shaqiri in and not given him enough game-time.
"If Roberto Firmino is injured who comes in? Divock Origi was on loan in Belgium [sic] so he's not going to play week in, week out."
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"The City team is world class, Liverpool could add two or three to that. They can always keep challenging but I don't think they've got enough to beat them."

What's next?

While Liverpool have their eyes set on the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur on June 1, Manchester City will hope to complete a domestic treble with a win over Watford in the FA Cup final on May 18.

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