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Pep Guardiola says "everyone supports Liverpool" in petty swipe at title rivals

Pep Guardiola's claws were out in the aftermath of Manchester City's crucial victory over Newcastle United on Sunday which extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to three points.

The spiky Spaniard whinged that "everyone in the country supports Liverpool" and even claimed that the media wanted Jurgen Klopp's side to pip City to the title. He suggested that Liverpool's rich history is probably what makes them popular, but took a cheeky swipe at their lack of success in the Premier League over the last three decades.

"Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone, of course, because Liverpool has an incredible history behind in European competition," Guardiola said.

"Not in the Premier League, because they've won one in 30 years – but it's not a problem at all. The situation is what it is."

He continued: "The people want Liverpool to win more than us. It’s not an issue. It’s normal. Maybe they have more supporters all around the world and in England maybe more support Liverpool than us.

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"Liverpool, alongside Manchester United, are the most famous team, with what they have done in history in terms of titles, legacy, history, drama – for many, many things. But we are, for the last 10, 11, 12 years, coming there. I know we're sometimes uncomfortable, but I don’t care."

The Citizens bounced back from their shock Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday with an emphatic 5-0 win over Newcastle, with goals from Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden separating the two sides.

Liverpool have been breathing down City's neck for weeks on end having closed the gap to just a point last month, but after failing to beat Antonio Conte's Tottenham at Anfield last night, the momentum has swung back in favour of the defending champions – who can afford to drop points again, particularly as they now have a superior goal difference.

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