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Premier League: Pep Guardiola rates Liverpool’s chances of winning the title next season

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stormed to the Premier League title this season (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola expects Liverpool to challenge his Manchester City team for the Premier League title next season.

With one game of the 2017-18 campaign remaining, Man City could still reach 100 points for the season and have already scored over 100 goals.

Guardiola struggled in his first season in England but has transformed City into a formidable outfit this year and secured the title with five games remaining.

Despite City’s dominance, they have been beaten three times by Liverpool across the campaign, suffering defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

The Reds went on the progress to the final of the European competition and Guardiola fully expects them to challenge for the title next season.

‘This season they were a big contender and they will be again next season,’ the Manchester City boss said.

Liverpool beat champions City three times this season (Picture: Getty)

‘I will not say just Liverpool, but it’s true – Liverpool, [because of] the way they play and the quality of their players, not just up front.

‘I think [Virgil] van Dijk has helped them a lot to be more consistent in the defensive department, especially in the box, and [there is] the quality up front and the quality in the way they play.

‘Jurgen is a top manager, creating not just an offensive style and not just thinking about the spectators. He’s always positive, going there and creating good environments in the clubs.

‘OK, we are 25 points in front so it’s difficult to say he was difficult [to play against] in the end – but he was because they beat us.

City wrapped up the title with five matches remaining (Picture: Getty)

‘Next season will be the same, like [Manchester] United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham.’

Guardiola, 47, also confirmed City goalkeeper Joe Hart will return to the club for talks over his future.

The England international was sent on loan to West Ham at the start of the season and has struggled to impress at the London Stadium.

Asked if a decision has been made over Hart’s next move, Guardiola said: ‘No. He is going to come back here and I think his [agent] is going to speak with the club and they’re going to decide.’

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