Manchester City midfielder Rodri makes Liverpool title admission

Manchester City are five points behind Liverpool but have a game in hand.

Rodri believes Liverpool pose the biggest threat to Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes this season following the Reds’ positive results in recent weeks.

Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit at the summit of the league table with 45 points after 20 matches played so far and lead Pep Guardiola’s side by five points, although the Citizens have a game in hand.

Man City make a short trip to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United in the top-flight on Saturday. A win for the defending champions will see them close the gap on Liverpool to just two points.

Rodri told City’s official YouTube channel: “You have to see the teams we are facing: Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa now.

“They are top sides, that are going to be there fighting. Most of them deserve to win, others not. We have to look to ourselves, see where we can improve and don’t think much about the others.

“Since the first year I came here, I had the feeling that every year is not enough. You have to increase [the level] and the players coming in have to be even better.

“We have been in front, behind, we know both situations. The most important thing is to keep going ourselves and don’t think too much about who are the contenders with us. Everyone can be there because the level is so high in every game.”

He added: “If you ask me, our real contenders are Liverpool because they have the experience of winning in the last years.

“Arsenal showed the level last year they can do and this year they have the experience they didn’t have last time. Villa, you can see how big they are coming now and the personality and ambition with which they play.

“It’s not easy if you are there for the first time to sustain this, but you never know. Tottenham are playing at a good level. I can tell you good things about many teams, but I would choose to be in Man City’s team,”

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