Pep believes winning in style will be Key

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola feels the ideal way for his Manchester City side to pile on the pressure on league leaders Liverpool is to win matches in style.

Man City are currently five points behind the Reds ahead of their top of the table clash with Arsenal after they lost to Newcastle last week Tuesday.

Guardiola’s men can reduce the deficit to two points with the Merseysiders in action against West Ham on Monday night.

And the former Bayern Munich boss is keen on securing three points in style as they bid to retain their Premier League crown.

He told Sky: “You send the message in the way you play so the opponents, the managers, they are sitting watching our games, and they see ‘wow how good they are, how good they play’.

“That is the best way to put pressure on the opponents. It’s not the points; it’s the way you play. All the time it is the same, and that is what we have to try to do again [against Arsenal on Sunday].”

Guardiola is a serial title-winner but his league triumphs with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City have been when his side have been frontrunners for the majority of the season.

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The City head coach is hoping to make a significant comeback this time against a Liverpool team aiming for their first Premier League title.

“I prefer it to be like last season, but we know that was exceptional,” he said.

“The satisfaction if you win is especially if we are who we are. The players know it, the players know we are a strong team. They know it, and they know what we have to do.”