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Guardiola aims a swipe at Liverpool

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has paid a friendly reminder to Liverpool that his League and Cup double winners have been the most consistent team this season.

However, Guardiola also praised Klopp’s side for reaching the Champions League final, which they reached at the Premier League champion’s expense.

Liverpool upset the odds by knocking City out of Europe in the quarter-finals despite the now 22-point gap between them in the Premier League table.

Guardiola said: “Believe me I’d like to be in the final of the Champions League and I’d like a lot to be the Champions of the Champions League. Liverpool deserve to be there, Real Madrid deserve to be there. They are different competitions and the Premier League is about consistency.

“I accept the defeats, sometimes they are unfair, but when the others are better, you just have to accept it. Next time we will try to win it. But it’s no different to the other managers. I know people say it’s a big disaster when we don’t win the Champions League and I have to accept that.”

When questioned if the Champions League is about luck and fine margins, he added: “Of course, the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Champions League, knock-out games, it can be like that.

“But they deserve to be there. It’s like this, but we are happy to be champions of the Premier League.

“I said many times we were not ready to win all the titles, but we made a step forward compared to last season. Next season we will be back. Next season we will try again. Always sport gives you a second chance and next season we will have another one.”

The Spaniard won Europe’s elite competition twice while managing Barcelona, beating Manchester United in both finals, with five time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi scoring in both games.

Asked if it was important if he won it without Messi in his side, he said: “Of course, if you have Messi, you have an excellent player to help you be better. But they cannot play for different clubs at the same time.

“We have to find different weapons to try and be closer. This season we did better in the Champions League, not just in terms of results but the way we played. A lot of amazing clubs spend a lot of years trying to win the Champions League. This club has tried for the last decade to be there, but maybe we need more time and we’ll try again next season.”

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