Man City’s Riyad Mahrez targets Liverpool and says: ‘I know they hate us’
The Man City winger picked up another Premier League winners’ medal last weekend and has now aimed a shot at arch-rivals Liverpool after they found themselves pitying at another near miss.
Man City striker Riyad Mahrez has said Liverpool ‘hate’ his side after beating the Reds to another Premier League crown on the final day of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s men capped off a stunning campaign with an equally thrilling 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium – Ilkay Gundogan proving decisive after his introduction. The victory ensured City retained top spot on the final day and with it their fourth Premier League crown in the past five seasons. It is also the second time they have edged past Liverpool on the final day of the campaign.
The Reds eventually finished one point behind City despite their final day victory over Wolves taking them to 92 points. Jurgen Klopp’s men also broke the 90-point barrier in 2019 after racking up a stunning 97 – only to see Man City victorious once again by a single point.
Mahrez has now claimed there is a great deal of contempt for his team-mates at Anfield and warned City will be aiming to challenge for even more silverware next season. Speaking to Canal+ after their title celebration, the Algerian said: “Liverpool are a crazy team, they’re a great team. I know they hate us.
“They are fed up with us because if we weren’t there they would have won everything every year, but we are here and we will never give up and we will be here next year too.”
Mahrez, 31, is now a four-time Premier League winner having followed his miraculous success with Leicester City with three more crowns since his £60m move to the Etihad in 2018. He has certainly played a crucial role for Pep Guardiola’s troops this season. .
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Although City broke the English transfer record for Jack Grealish last summer, Mahrez is leading the way for City this season with 24 goals to his name in all competitions with nine assists. There could, however, be a decision to be made on his future with just two years remaining on his current deal.
Amid the latest title celebrations, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sent his best wishes to City after a final day of campaigning. Speaking after the match, he said: “Congratulations to Man City and Pep Guardiola.
“Thanks to Aston Villa and Wolverhampton for making it a good game. It’s not the result we wanted. It was a bit of a rollercoaster. I don’t know the exact results but I know they were leading 1-0 – where are they also 2-0?Of course, at the moment there is also disappointment here.
He continued: “You can’t do more than give your best and that’s what the boys have done again. We chased the best team in the world all the way, it’s absolutely special. We’re going to put a team back together and start over.”