In pictures: Man City v Aston Villa
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Riyad Mahrez has claimed that Liverpool ‘hate’ Manchester City and plans to heap further misery on the Reds after claiming the Premier League title. City earned their fourth top-flight triumph in five years on a dramatic final day.
City led Liverpool by a point heading into the last weekend of the season on Sunday. They ideally needed to beat Aston Villa to win the Premier League, while Liverpool hosted Wolves.
And a remarkable comeback ensured Pep Guardiola’s side continued their dominance of English football. They came back from 2-0 down to defeat Villa 3-2 on an incredible day of football.
And Mahrez has insisted that Liverpool are ‘sick of’ and ‘hate’ City for frequently pipping them to the Premier League summit over the last five seasons. The Reds won it in 2019-20, with City winning the other four.
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“Liverpool are a mad team, they are a superb team… I know they hate us [laughs],” Mahrez told French channel Canal+. “They’re sick of us because if we weren’t here they would’ve won everything every year, but we’re here and we’re never letting go and we’ll be here next year too!”
Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho gave Villa a 2-0 lead, meaning Liverpool only needed to win their game to win the title. But Ilkay Gundogan’s brace and a thumping strike by Rodri completed a miraculous turnaround.
Liverpool ultimately defeated Wolves but finished a point behind their rivals. Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah scored late goals to complete a comeback after trailing 1-0 to the Midlands outfit.
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Jurgen Klopp’s side will end the season with more trophies than City, though, in a major response to Mahrez’s claim. They have already won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, defeating Chelsea on penalties in the final of both competitions.
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