Pep Guardiola claims Liverpool are the most difficult league rival in his career

Pep Guardiola claims Liverpool are the most difficult league rival in his career

- Pep Guardiola has declared that Liverpool are the most difficult league rival he has faced as a football manager

- City currently lead the Reds by one point with two matches remaining in one of the tightest Premier League title race in recent seasons

- The Spaniard insists the Kop side have provided the toughest league challenge he has experienced in his career

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that Jurgen Klopp tutored-side Liverpool are the 'most difficult' rival he has faced in the league all his career.

According to Sky Sports, the Premier League defending champions are involved in one of the toughest title race in recent season with Liverpool, as they lead the log with one point with two games to the end of the campaign.

At the last count, the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has claimed about eight league titles in his managerial career so far, but insists Liverpool have been the most loyal and committed rival after playing the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid while at Bundesliga and La Liga.

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"In the league, yes, it is the most difficult one for sure. Every league you win is so nice and it is always difficult, but this one especially so," Guardiola was quoted as saying on Sky Sports News.

"And especially where we have come from, getting 100 points and still being there. [It is hard] for athletes to maintain that level for a long time and we have done it again,” the Spanish tactician stressed, even as he is banking on the club's consistency to claim back-to-back league titles for the first time in City's history.

"The biggest [players], when they take a shower after one victory, they are thinking of the next one," he said.

"That is sport. People who come to the Etihad Stadium this season do not come to remember how beautiful we were last season. That is done.

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"Next season will be the same. When I am sitting here just remembering what we have done, I will resign immediately.

"Txiki [Begiristain] would say 'you have to change the manager'. The big clubs are always thinking of the next win and the next one,” Guardiola summed up.

Earlier, reported that Manchester City have overtaken their city rivals Man United as the most valuable Premier League club, according to reports.

A new football study revealed that City are valued at £2.364bn, moved up with £385m, while the Red Devils who are valued at £2.087bn, dropped £376m, which blamed on "higher wages and lower profit".

The top six team in the Premier League account for almost three-quarters of the combined league value. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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