Ex-Coaches Benitez, Rodgers Could Influence Liverpool's EPL Title Chase

Ex-Coaches Benitez, Rodgers Could Influence Liverpool's EPL Title Chase

Ex-Coaches Benitez, Rodgers Could Influence Liverpool's EPL Title Chase

In a title race that has resembled a heavyweight boxing bout with two giants matching each other blow for blow, Liverpool ensured that this most incredible of Premier League title races will go into the 38th and final round with a 3-2 win over Newcastle. "They have to have it in their heads and feet", he said.

City meanwhile have had the benefit of a clear week in building up to each of their two matches, at home to Leicester City this coming Monday and away at Brighton the following Sunday.

Recently, City's Raheem Sterling won the PFA Young Player of the Year award while Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk won the PFA Player of the Year award. In terms of being 24 he's still at that asset age and once he gets to 28 or 29 he'll have played so many more games and had so many more experiences. A threat on both flanks, the 24-year-old has been causing plenty of problems for defences around the country this year. For that reason, Guardiola is wary of the challenge Leicester are likely to pose.

Pep Guardiola believes Brendan Rodgers has already made a big impact as Leicester manager. Liverpool back then was at a different stage. City were reduced to ten men late on as Fabian Delph crunched in on the Portuguese defender and earned his marching orders.

City will again be without Kevin De Bruyne, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Long-term absentee Claudio Bravo also remains on the sidelines.

One point separates the title contenders heading into their final two games, with City in the lead and on course to retain the trophy for the first time.

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Brendan Rodgers has a clean bill of health in his squad as Daniel Amartey is the only injury absentee. 56 home league goals have been scored, a total that is higher than all bar the top six have managed in all their games.

"What I loved about Raheem was that for a young boy he knew what he wanted to be", Rodgers said. "What they showed me against Tottenham was incredible, two and a half days later, 12.30 on Saturday, the sunshine, humidity".

Yet asked if his points tally in England gives him the most satisfaction, Guardiola said: "Yeah, it's the toughest league I've ever played as a manager, for the quality of the rivals - no doubts". The players know it is an incredible task but it is a final for us.

"With the fact that it's our last game at home, hopefully people will come and help us and we do what we have to do, which is win our game".

He also warned his players that the Foxes would be on the prowl for a scalp, insisting he "cannot imagine the Leicester players will come here for their holidays".

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