Pep Guardiola prefers not to look at Liverpool form ahead of The Run In

Pep Guardiola insists Liverpool’s form is of no concern to him ahead of The Run In, as winning the Premier League title is still very much in Manchester City’s hands.

Victory over Fulham, live on Sky Sports, on Saturday will see City climb back to the top of the table, one point ahead of Liverpool, who take on Tottenham on Super Sunday, also live on Sky Sports.

Should City win every league game between now and the end of the season, they will retain their title, and it is that, rather than hoping for Liverpool to slip up, that is of primary concern to Guardiola.

“It is better not to look too much at your neighbour [Liverpool],” Guardiola said. “They also are still in Champions League. When you look elsewhere, you drop points.

“We saw that you can get beaten by anyone, so we must focus. I prefer to be in front – it’s all about our performances.

“To win titles? Win every game. It’s about playing with pressure, it’s a game here, then another, anything can happen, but the only option is to win, then we see how far we go. Destiny is still in our hands.

“I’m not thinking about Liverpool, it doesn’t matter what they are doing. You need to get back in the rhythm, everyone has their own situation.”

Guardiola is also buoyed by the return of Benjamin Mendy from injury. The France international has not started for City since November after sustaining a knee injury, but Guardiola is adamant Mendy is ready for regular action once more.

“Mendy has been consistent, no problem, he’s able to get a week training and the knee is good,” Guardiola added. “The physicality is not a problem, I don’t have doubts.

“Desperate [to play] is not the right word. He is keen but the body needs time after two big injuries, we are optimistic.

“Mendy will play minutes, there are many situations that will come. Players not involved have to change that, we all train together, but it depends, they have to show me.”

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