City have dropped just four points all season, and look unassailable with just 15 matches left, but manager Guardiola believes that nothing can yet be taken for granted.

He said: “In football and in sport, anything can happen.  Of course, we can lose the title, because you never know what is going to happen in the next 13 or 14 games.

“If we maintain our level, the consistency and the way we play, then OK, we have a chance. But you never know.

“If we start to go down, and lose confidence, and don’t play well regularly, then we will see.

“Maybe that is going to happen, and I am going to shake the hand of my opponents and congratulate them for being champions.”

Guardiola believes that he is beginning to win the style battle in England – citing the quality of both Manchester City and Liverpool as evidence.

Guardiola had a tough first season at City, finishing without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career as his methods faced intense scrutiny.

It is a different story now, and he takes his team to Anfield today to face opponents who also believe in high-quality, high-pressing football.

Guardiola said: “I think Liverpool are playing like Liverpool were in the past, with all their history. The fans are demanding attacking football.

“We want to do something quite similar. We want to try to be the best.

“I like that, because more than a manager, I’m a fan. When I have to choose, those are the type of teams I like to watch.”

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