Liverpool threw away a seven-point lead in the Premier League last season and Manchester City’s Rodri is taking heart from that.
Manchester City midfielder Rodri is not giving up on retaining the Premier League title after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, highlighting the Reds’ inability to hold on to their lead last season.
A thrilling encounter at Anfield left Liverpool with a nine-point lead over City, their most likely long-term challengers.
Many feel City now have too much ground to make up if they are to retain their crown, but they found themselves in a similar situation last season.
Although Rodri was not at the club at the time, the Spain international is well aware of how City fought back from being seven points behind the Reds to lift the trophy for a second successive season in 2018-19.
When asked if defeat at Anfield ended City’s Premier League chances, Rodri told reporters: “Absolutely not. This team has shown it many times before.
“This team has won the Premier League two seasons in a row and that isn’t a coincidence. This team has earned the respect and being considered for the title race.
“Last season, the team was seven points behind – and it could have been ten in case of losing [when the teams met in January] – and they managed to win the league in the end.
“We are in November. There are still a lot [of games] left. They [Liverpool] are very strong at the moment and they are having everything right. Let’s see what happens in the future.”
Rodri is also adamant Liverpool were fortunate to take all three points on Sunday, convinced City were significantly better on the day.
“They were more clinical than us, I think that was the key factor. I think we were much better overall,” he said. “We created more chances than them, but they arrived to our goal three times and scored three goals.”
Left-back Angelino, who impressed going forward in a rare Premier League start, was similarly rueful of City’s inability to make the most of their chances, insisting the 3-1 defeat was harsh on the champions.
“I think so,” he said when asked if City deserved a better result. “We created chances, we had opportunities to get back into the game, but, unluckily, we couldn’t make it.
“We played really well, we have created many chances, we have only conceded three chances to Liverpool, but against a team like them, if you give them a chance, they take advantage of it.
“We have had more chances than them but, at the end of the day, we didn’t use them. We are happy for the way we played.
“I think the whole team fought until the end, we gave everything and, if we keep playing like at Anfield, we can achieve great things.”