Rangers boss Steven Gerrard declares title race 'wide open'

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

City's wide men Raheem Sterling and Mahrez played deeper than usual and limited the forward runs from Liverpool's full-backs, while Guardiola's defence avoided the high line which proved so disastrous in defeats at Anfield last season.

Despite being one of City's key players throughout last season, the England global was used only as a second-half substitute when the sides met on Merseyside in the Champions League quarter-finals in April. "Liverpool, not me. The police knew it before it happened".

The Seagulls continue to remain interested in the full-back and sent scouts to watch Tavernier play during Rangers' win over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Pep also praised the recent performances of the Reds where they bagged six wins and a draw but refused to name them as the only strong competitor.

"I don't think about that (crowd reaction)". We shouldn't forget City's 5-0 destruction of Liverpool in early September previous year, but that came was affected by Sadio Mane's early red card, and Liverpool had dominated the opening stages.

"I think they saw today we tried everything, and we came back and from the mental point of view it's a very important three points". If we do not entertain the people, why do we play it? I know we are capable of it. We don't save lives, we are only good at football.

Alisson has had a good start and barring that mishap against Leicester City, he has put in consistent performances.

"Against Napoli the first 15 minutes was an open game with better opportunities for us".

Rangers still have a lot to prove before they can be considered genuine title contenders this season and Gerrard would be the first to admit that his side aren't quite yet firing on all cylinders in all competitions.

"We just got it wrong", said frustrated Hearts boss Levein when quizzed about his side's defending for the first goal. So we have to wait a little bit. This team together with the club, the money they have and this manager is exceptional.

"There is no real way, no one thing you have to do that you can beat them - that's not there".

Manchester City Pep Guardiola believes that Liverpool's star winger Mohamed Salah still needs seven or eight years to be compared to City's star Sergio Aguero, but the Egyptian global can return to his scoring ways in the future. "He is doing well and working hard on the training ground", said Hazard.

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