Pep Guardiola rubbishes Rafa Benitez suggestions ahead of Liverpool showdown

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Pep Guardiola rubbishes Rafa Benitez suggestions ahead of Liverpool showdown

But his Newcastle team now stands in the way of Liverpool's first league title since 1990.

Defeat for Liverpool would give City the chance to secure the title on Monday but Guardiola is not thinking about what it would mean to lift the silverware.

"I'm not saying they're going to win, but if you were Liverpool and you had to pick someone for City to play outside the top boys, who didn't have much to play for, you'd pick them". "I was really impressed with how the players play".

Both Leicester and Newcastle are managed by former Liverpool bosses in Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez respectively but Guardiola insists that is irrelevant this weekend.

Wolves are in the driving seat to be the best of the rest outside the top six in their first season back in the top flight with 54 points, three ahead of Leicester and four clear of Everton and Watford.

This season's Premier League title has been a robotic slog towards the finish line.

United's manager, keen for the club to compete higher up the Premier League table, outlined in late March what it would take to persuade him to stay at St James's Park.

An interesting fixture to round off the season at home.

This weekend, nearly every game in the Premier League is a "big one".

Never say never here. "I've seen this Leicester team play and they're a decent team", he told Sky Sports. "It depends on other results but they will try to make a good game".

The former Arsenal ace also claimed Newcastle "don't have to entertain" us, as we "know what they're like".

The Reds' love of attacking and occasional lapses in defence makes me think that for them a 5-0 win and 2-1 loss is possible and City have struggled to score big on occasions so a couple of 0-0s aren't out of the question. They're not used to having the ball but Brendan Rodgers has got them looking like a real good team.

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