Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists Liverpool must be considered title challengers, reports talkSPORT.
The Reds closed the gap on City to just four points over the weekend, after thrashing Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, and watching Pellegrini’s side stumble to a 0-0 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.
Pellegrini said after the game: “I see it exactly the same as three weeks ago. Not only Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, but I think that Liverpool will fight for the title. I repeat, it’s a very close Premier League. From the beginning I said that five or six teams will be involved and fight for the title until the end, and maybe it will be decided on one or two points.”
City’s failure to score at Carrow Road saw them fail to find the net in two consecutive matches for the first time under Pellegrini.
However the Chilean was keen to point out the difficulty in converting chances week in, week out.
“I repeated the same thing when we were scoring: it’s not easy to score. Everyone said that we can’t play that way, always trying to score. We always try to score because it’s difficult. [They said] we concede a lot of goals, today we didn’t concede a goal. I think it’s important to have all our players fit and 100 percent again, because we’re in a very bad moment of the season, with five or six players not playing at 100 percent.”
Pellegrini also bemoaned his sides fortune on the injury front, with his side currently suffering from several injuries in the same positions.
“They’re not small injuries. We’re not going to recover one of those players this week, and they’re in the same position. We have Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko, Fernandinho and Javi Garcia, [injured] in the same position. But, we have 39 points more to take in the Premier League, it’s not finished. We have 13 games more.”