Bernardo Silva says Manchester City gave up Liverpool pursuit too soon

It’s now surely a question of when instead of if Liverpool are going to win their first-ever Premier League title and their first top-flight crown in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp has spent the last few years piecing together a team that initially challenged City at the top of the table and has now blown them and the rest of the league away during a record-breaking season.

His side had always had creative flair and fluency but it was the key signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson that propelled Liverpool from being a top-four side to one that could dominate the league.

And despite having enjoyed their own dominance under Pep Guardiola when they’ve broken plenty of their own records, City haven’t been themselves for large periods of this season.

Strangely, Vincent Kompany wasn’t replaced in the summer and the issue was magnified with Aymeric Laporte’s injury, which proved to be a crucial blow to City’s hopes of a third successive league title.

And whilst Guardiola’s men have been beaten six times already this season, the only time that an unbeaten Liverpool side have even dropped points was in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, now in his third season at City, has claimed that his team have given up too easily this season in the face of an uphill battle to catch Liverpool.

“I think we got [to] a point one month ago where we gave up a bit too soon and that’s why we’re twenty-something points behind now,” he told Sky Sports. “We shouldn’t have done that and it was not on purpose.

“It was in our head, everyone was disappointed to be already ten or 15 points behind and our heads went a bit down.

“It’s difficult because we’re a team used to winning and last season we won everything in England.

“It hurts a lot because when you start a new season you always want to go for the Premier League. It’s the main competition, it’s the most important competition for the fans. No one expected us to be this far from Liverpool in January or February.”

And Silva believes that Liverpool’s never-say-die attitude has been fundamental in this season’s swing, whereas the important moments haven’t gone City’s way.

“In the important moments we’ve not been as lucky as in past seasons,” he said. “We always concede in the last minute, Liverpool always score in the last minute. These little details in football make the difference.”

With the title race now all but over, fans are starting to try and work out when Liverpool can mathematically confirm the inevitable, with Goodison Park a possible destination.

The Etihad is another stadium that could have to endure the celebrations, and Bernardo will be desperate to avoid that possibility.

In reality though, City’s focus will be on securing second-place in the league and trying to win all the cup competitions, in particular a maiden Champions League title.

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