Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that his side could have left it too late to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title this season after only eight games.
The Reds maintained their perfect start to the campaign with an injury-time winner against Leicester City on Saturday, as City fell to a 2-0 defeat at home against Wolves.
Gundogan shared that he and his teammates are hoping that Liverpool drop points at some point of the season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side already having an eight-point gap at the summit of the top-flight.
“It’s not easy to take these things and see your biggest rival win all the time,” he said, as cited by the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s quite early in the season and there are still a lot of points to play for, but if we want to speak about the title, we have to hope Liverpool will drop points.”
“We know we have much more to show. It’s too late now, so we have to accept it and learn from the situation.”
This statement may seem a little dramatic from Gundogan, given the fact that there have only been eight games played this season, but he is absolutely spot on. For Liverpool to have an eight-point gap at the top already, they will need to lose at least three games to miss out on their first-ever Premier League title. Liverpool only lost once last season in a game against City, and should Klopp be able to guide his team to a similar sort of campaign, this start to the season could have secured that title for the Reds. Liverpool have been untouchable so far this season, and Manchester City have been too inconsistent already. Pep Guardiola’s side have already lost twice against Wolves and Norwich City, two games that only highlight how vulnerable they already are compared to the Reds. The title is already in Liverpool’s hands, and it is up to them to keep up their form, with the ultimate prize on the line at the end of the line.