Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola agree both Liverpool and Manchester City “deserve the title” and the one that doesn’t collect the Premier League trophy on May 13 cannot have any regrets about how their season has unfolded.

Speaking after his side brushed aside Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday to top the table again, Guardiola felt that the two title contenders had given everything.


Goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane in a 12-minute second-half spell turned a potentially tricky night into a procession for City at Old Trafford.

That sent Guardiola’s side up to 89 points from 35 games, with Liverpool a point back as both teams now have just three games remaining.

The title odds also shifted firmly in City’s favour, with the champions now 2/9 from 8/13 and Liverpool out to 3/1 from 5/4 prior to Wednesday’s Manchester derby.

“Both teams deserve the title,” said the City manager. “But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can’t have regrets because they have given everything. Normally with this kind of victory you can it enjoy it the most, but we have to be calm.”

And Klopp echoed the Catalan coach’s sentiments on Thursday as he prepared to pour the pressure back on when Liverpool (1/12 – Match Betting) play host to Huddersfield Town (33/1, draw 12/1) two days ahead of City’s trip to Burnley.

The German said: “We will be there at the end. We don’t only play for being champion at the end of the season. Yes it’s a big target and we are pretty close and have a chance. But it’s the first time, not the last time. That’s how it is.

“The club and the people are waiting for a long time for it. It is rather surprising because last season we were 25 points behind.

“That’s really good, that’s all I can say about it. It’s all good. We have to carry on, but only one team will be champion.”

Klopp admitted he watched the game at Old Trafford and the 2-0 scoreline was not a major surprise to him.

“It was really the result I expected,” he continued. “United tried whatever they can, in the first half especially, but in the 95 minutes it was clear they can’t [with]stand City in the moment. They were unlucky in moments but then they couldn’t [with]stand City.”

Odds subject to change.