Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that his side will have to rely on Liverpool to drop points if they are to claim a third successive Premier League title.
Jurgen Klopp’s side restored an eight-point gap at the top of the table on Saturday courtesy of a 2-1 win over Leicester City and they maintained it on Sunday following City’s 2-0 defeat to Wolves.
City have now dropped five points at home this season having dropped only three in the whole of last term and, speaking to BBC Sport, Germany international Gundogan admits his side are now on the back foot.
“We need to fix our situation and drop as few points as possible,” the 28-year-old said. “It’s not that easy to take these things and see your biggest rival win all the time, with things that you can’t control.
“We’re the side that have struggled quite a bit more and they have continued better. That’s a fact we want to change.
“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 Premier League title, we have to hope Liverpool will drop points. That’s a fact we can’t be happy with and we aren’t.
“But there is nothing else to do but make it better in the next game, which is our target. Watching their [Liverpool’s] games and situation doesn’t really help us – we need to fix our situation and drop as few points as possible.
“We have to play better, the 11 on the pitch, and do much better than we did on Sunday.”
Paul Merson has had his say on Liverpool’s perfect Premier League record so far this campaign and he insisted that the Reds will not go the whole season unbeaten.
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