sport news Pep Guardiola calls on the power of prayer to close gap on Liverpool

‘Work harder, play better, and pray': Pep Guardiola calls on divine intervention as Manchester City look to close the gap on Liverpool Pep Guardiola says Man City must pray they can close the gap on Liverpool  He admits this season's Premier League may already be beyond the champions He also reflects on what has been an incredibly successful decade for City 

By Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 31 December 2019 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 31 December 2019

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must pray they can close the gap on Liverpool next season after conceding the Premier League title to their rivals.

Liverpool have a 14-point lead over City going into 2020, having dropped just two points in the league all season.

Asked how City can compete with Jurgen Klopp’s side in future, Guardiola replied: ‘Work harder, play better, and pray. 

Pep Guardiola has turned to the power of 'prayer' as he looks to close the gap on Liverpool

Pep Guardiola has turned to the power of 'prayer' as he looks to close the gap on Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp's side are European champions and are also running away with the league

Jurgen Klopp's side are European champions and are also running away with the league

‘This is a fantastic team. We’ve had problems with injuries, which sometimes happens. But Liverpool have been incredible — European champions and they have dropped just two points.

‘We have to congratulate them. I know the distance is not what it should be but it is what it is.’

As well as the injury situation, Guardiola feels aggrieved over a number of VAR decisions that have gone against the back-to-back champions this season. ‘You know what they are, you know that,’ he said when pressed on the issue.

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