John Motson tips Liverpool to win the Premier League because of Guardiola and Manchester City’s desire to win the Champions League

John Motson believes Manchester City’s desire to win the Champions League could afford Liverpool the chance to wrestle the Premier League title from their clutches.

City have been untouchable domestically, amassing 198 points in the previous two seasons and winning the domestic quadruple last time out.

But the quest for European dominance continues and manager Pep Guardiola is still yet to win the competition since 2011 when he was in charge with Barcelona.

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Pep Guardiola has not won the Champions League since 2011
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And Motson told Hawksbee and Jacobs this desire could prove to be a distraction.

“I think Man City’s priority, although Guardiola doesn’t talk in priorities – well he does, but not about the Champions League, which is what I think they dearly want to win.

“And I just think City might leave the back door open for Liverpool in the Premier League.

“But at the moment, I can’t see either of them getting beaten! I mean the results on Saturday were emphatic.

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Liverpool are reigning European champions having defeated Tottenham in June’s Champions League final
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“Man City, who of course scored four at Brighton to win the league, put four past them at the Etihad and Aguero was just amazing.”

The Spaniard has insisted City’s Premier League form will not suffer as a result of his European ambitions.

However, he did acknowledge he is under pressure to deliver the famous trophy to the Etihad.

“OK, I have to try [to win the Champions League]. I know the reason why we’ll be judged,” he said.

“But I’m an honest guy to myself and there are incredible teams in Europe. As strong as we are, one mistake and you’re out. The important thing is being there. We’ll see how we do.

“Of course we want to win it. We dream of it and we work for it. I know it’s important and if it happens it will be important.

“But I will be the same guy. I’ll wake up in the morning, work a lot, go to sleep as early as possible, eat good, take care of myself as best as possible and love the people I love.

“I’m going to do my best, but it’s not going to change my life.”

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