Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Liverpool are Louis van Gaal's tip for Premier League title

Liverpool are Louis van Gaal's tip for Premier League title

Van Gaal, 67, a seven-time title victor in Holland, Spain and Germany, who bossed United to fourth and fifth-placed finishes in his two seasons at Old Trafford, said: "Klopp has turned Liverpool into an absolute fighting machine - both attacking and defending". We could have played today better, but it started not that well. 'If you don't, you can not compete in these kinds of games.

Seconds later it was the turn of his understudy in the Brazil side to make a huge save as Ederson denied Salah as tempers flared with Guardiola furious a free-kick wasn't awarded City's way before the Egyptian broke clear. It was decided by the finest of margins but when it was over and City had prevailed, Guardiola sank into a chair and talked about what it meant for the rest of the season.

However, a Liverpool defence that had not conceded twice in the same game all season in the league before kick-off was breached when City managed to free Aguero from Van Dijk's shackles.

"I have a lot of respect for the players who stay 10, 11, 12 years - every year doing that". Had it not been for limited space and time, I would have churned out more cold-hard facts to further highlight the claim that the EPL is the best football league in the world, as an early contender for the "NON-ARGUMENT OF 2019".

"I don't know if we had more than four shots on target but we were quite clinical that day".

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Recency bias ensured City were underestimated by pundits on Thursday - a complete contrast to the debate a few weeks ago about whether they could go unbeaten themselves or win the quadruple this season. You can always keep hold of a player but keeping him in the right shape and level of confidence is not so easy if he is not playing many games.

"We lost two games in four days but you can't forget what they have done for 16 months".

Liverpool have a chance to respond to their City setback when they travel to fellow Premier League side Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Monday. You can not deny any game, you can not drop any competition. So I prefer to be in that position. Kevin de Bruyne is coming back. Everybody is going to rotate and play. "If he goes, it's a different game".

"It was important we played with courage", Guardiola said.

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