Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, John Barnes react to Man City and Liverpool title race finale
Man City beat Brighton to win Premier League title ahead of Liverpool by one point
Last Updated: 13/05/19 11:24am
It was a sensational Premier League title race finale, and the Sky Sports pundits gave their reflections on an incredible season for Manchester City and Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola's side were one point ahead of Liverpool heading into the final game of the campaign, knowing that a victory at Brighton would be enough for them to lift a second successive Premier League trophy.
And in true Man City style, that is exactly what they did, winning 4-1 at the Amex Stadium, with Liverpool also giving title glory their best shot with a 2-0 win against Wolves.
It has been one of the most enthralling title races in recent memory - and Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, John Barnes, Jamie Redknapp, and Graeme Souness looked back on the events of the day and the last 10 months as a whole...
'City must keep Pep for five to 10 years'
Gary Neville: "Winning back-to-back titles is about mentality, and he's [Guardiola] instilled that into that dressing room. He's powerful, strong, and makes his players feel unbeatable. What a coach. How do they keep him for the next five or 10 years? They've got to keep him in Manchester. Whilst he's there, it will be difficult for other clubs to get near them."
Graeme Souness: "I think when you go back to when City lost at Newcastle and the momentum was with Liverpool, and then they slipped up and drew too many games, and all of a sudden, the swing changes yet again. But the consistency levels from both teams have been outstanding.
"City turned up today, they were fabulous, and that's why they're champions. They can take a punch on the nose and react to that and go on to win the game in style. Make no mistake about it, City are a fantastic team. They play the game the right way, with strength and depth in their squad. City are a team that are going to take some toppling when you look at the strength they've got, and I imagine they'd go again in the transfer window in the summer.
"Special teams retain the title. The manager has done very well to keep a fire under them all season from the very first game to the very last.
"We talk about the top six but this year, there hasn't been that - there's been the top two and then the rest. There is a country mile between this City team, Liverpool, and the rest. Will it be the same again next season? Man City will strengthen, Liverpool will, so who is going to make that gap? Who is going to make up 15-18 points to join this group?"
John Barnes: "It's been a better performance this year from City than last year. Last year, there was no pressure on them, and it's easier to play when there's no pressure. This season, Liverpool played before them three or four times in the last month, and City responded. They went 1-0 down on the final day, and they responded.
"I always felt that City were not good enough under pressure. We saw last year in two games when they lost to Liverpool in the Champions League and when they lost to Manchester United. I thought if you put them under pressure, they could crumble, but they have been under pressure for the last five games, and they haven't. Particularly today when they went 1-0 down. Sensational, congratulations to them."
'Liverpool team the best for 30 years'
Jamie Carragher: "This Man City team is something extraordinary. You can understand the Liverpool players and manager will look a bit flat as they want something to show for their efforts. That's why the Champions League final is so important.
"I have said before that I think this Liverpool team is the best for 30 years, and if that manager wins the European Cup, he will be the best manager they have had in 30 years. This team needs something big to show for what they have done.
"Liverpool have a manager who is an optimist and will feel he can challenge again next season, but if City are going to get 96, 98, 100 points, it's very difficult to stop. The only thing Liverpool can look back at with regret is they didn't beat City. You can't expect other people to take points off City if you don't do it yourselves, and Liverpool only took one from six. Next season, they have to look at those games as cup finals and beat them. Easier said than done!"
Graeme Souness: "This is a fabulous Liverpool team, and I can't tell you in my lifetime where you have such an outstanding runner-up. I liken it to the World Cup in 1982 and Brazil. They were the best team never to win the World Cup. This Liverpool team is the best team not to win the Premier League. They have been fantastic all the way through. They are a team without a weakness, but they just drew one game too many and that ultimately cost them."
John Barnes: "How can Liverpool complain? 97 points and they lost one game. Yes, we are disappointed, but nobody can tell me that's failure. It has been an incredible season.
"When players have been called upon, they have delivered. No matter who played for Liverpool and Manchester City, they still performed and that is because they have given their managers the authority to make any decision. I think other teams can learn from that, because Klopp and Guardiola, they are the men who have dominated their clubs, which is what managers should be allowed to do.
"Special praise to Liverpool, because nobody expected them to push City all the way. They came up a bit short at the end, but a fantastic season nevertheless.
"It's up to the others to catch them. The first and second teams have completely run away with it, and I will be disappointed in the others if they don't make a push for Liverpool and Man City next year."
Jamie Redknapp: "It's difficult to see where Liverpool could strengthen. Maybe the bench at times, but then again if you look at the bench you see how well it has done for them, thinking about Origi and the amount of times he has come on and made an impact. But that will be where he [Klopp] is looking to strengthen.
"The fact they only just qualified for the Champions League last year and now to see them getting 97 points is an incredible achievement, and they should be so proud of what they have done. You can look back at all the 'ifs and buts' in the world, but that team, we have all enjoyed the way they have played, and, like City, they don't play with any ego, they have a great worth ethic, and have a manager that everybody loves watching. Liverpool have been an absolute credit, like City have this season."