The Catalan coach believes the Reds made the Citizens fight harder than last season to win the English Premier League title again.
In the 2017-2018 season, Manchester City won the English Premier League title with 100 points, 19 more than second-place Manchester United.
Fast forward to this season, and the Citizens have become back-to-back champions with 98 points, only one more than second-place Liverpool.
And for Pep Guardiola, his team was consistent this season, only thanks to the Reds.
“I think first we have to say congratulations Liverpool as well – and thank you of course – because they helped us to push and improve our standard from last season,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.
“To compete with this side, this team, we should do what we have done, so incredible, 198 points since we started two seasons ago here, and we finished here this season, made back-to-back – it has been an incredible season for us.”
“I think last season we made their standard higher, and Liverpool have helped us being there all the time,” he continued.
“To win the title we’ve won 14 games in a row, in three months where we couldn’t lose one point, and we did while playing all competitions to the end, it’s incredible to do that.”
“After the gap went to seven points we thought ‘OK we have to be calm, the Premier League is long’ – but honestly, seven points with this Liverpool playing the way they have this season, of course, we talk about going game by game, but it was really difficult,” Guardiola concluded.
Back 2 Back Premier League Champions! 🏆🏆
We reigned and we retained! 💪
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019