Guardiola prefers Man City fixture congestion.

Pep prefers City to go ‘as far as possible’ in ‘all four competitions’ than Liverpool’s FA Cup exit.

Pep Guardiola [Getty]

Football fans and pundits reckon Liverpool’s early exit in the FA Cup would help the Reds in their battle for the Premier League title with Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola has a different view as he would rather be in all four competitions than have a lesser fixture list. 

"I don't know [if fewer games gives Liverpool an advantage] - I don't have a theory from my experience about that," Guardiola said as Sky Sports quoted.

"If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it. The problem is if you have 10 injured players, then it's almost impossible.

"I prefer it [being involved in four competitions], definitely. I like to be in the four competitions as far as possible. When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season I was sad. I take the cups seriously.

"I'm not involved in what my opponents do. The reality for Jurgen [Klopp] is he knows exactly what happened.

Jurgen Klopp after the final whistle at the Etihad. (Image: EMPICS Sport)

"Of course you need a big squad - without quality you can't even win one trophy. With the quality and amount of players we have, you can do it, because the team is always stable."

City reduced the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to just four points after beating the Merseyside club at the Etihad last week.

And, Guardiola laughed off suggestions on social media that City let the grass grow longer than normal to obstruct Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane’s game, saying: "I never did, if Liverpool want to play quick, we want to play quicker, so never we manipulated. 

"Normally when this kind of thing happens, always at the end, karma or something like that, punishes you.

"I trust the greenkeepers, but we put the grass in the best conditions for both teams. Never I made a phone call to one to say, 'Do this kind of thing to damage our opponents'."

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