Manchester City closed the gap to two points by beating Arsenal bu Jurgen Klopp’s team have two edges on the Blues claims Germany ace.
Ilkay Gundogan has pinpointed two advantages that Liverpool have over Manchester City as the title race heads into its final furlong.
The Blues midfielder was excellent in the 3-1 win over Arsenal which moved them to within two points of the leaders.
But he said that Jurgen Klopp’s men still have two distinct edges, as they go into tonight’s clash with West Ham.
Gundogan has won league titles under both Klopp and Pep Guardiola, and when asked about the two managers’ differing approaches to title run-ins, he neatly side-stepped the question.
He was the inspiration behind Borussia Dortmund’s 2012 title win, and recalled that one factor in them beating Bayern Munich to the crown was the fact that the Bundesliga aristocrats were distracted by their run to the Champions League final, where they lost to Chelsea.
Of course, both City and Liverpool are still in the Champions League – but the Blues’ involvement in the two domestic cups means they could end up playing five games more than the Scousers.
“Klopp didn’t win as much as Pep won – that’s why it was quite surprising when he was able to win two titles in a row with Dortmund in Germany,” said Gundogan.
“I just joined them for the second one. When you have to run in the season you don’t think much about things. You go out and play.
“When you have no concerns in your mind you are able to win a lot of times.
“That’s how I felt when we were able to win that title at Dortmund.
“We had an advantage of just playing Saturday, Saturday, Saturday and the week off in between.
“He is in a similar situation now with Liverpool – just the Premier League and then the Champions League on top.
“Maybe it’s going to be an advantage for them, I don’t know. It’s nothing we can change right now. They have to play their games and we have to play ours.”
City stormed to the title last season, challenging the chasers to match their breathless pace, but this time they are hunting down Liverpool.
And that in itself gives the Merseysiders another edge, says Gundogan.