By Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 31 December 2019 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 31 December 2019
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
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.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice