Rodri makes 'unbelievable' Liverpool claim after making Man City mentality U-turn

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Rodri of Manchester City reacts as he applauds the fans at full time during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on March 10, 2024 in Liverpool, England.(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester City midfielder Rodri has praised Liverpool and Arsenal for getting the best out of his side in the Premier League title race.

Pep Guardiola led City to a fourth successive top-flight crown after beating West Ham United on the final day of the season to gazump the Gunners. The Reds defied the expectations of many to challenge in the upper reaches of the table, despite enduring a torrid year in the previous campaign.

Liverpool enjoyed spells at the top of the table but couldn't keep pace with both City and Arsenal as they toiled at the business end of the campaign. Jurgen Klopp signed off from his successful nine-year stint at Anfield with a second Carabao Cup success after Virgil van Dijk's extra-time header.

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Guardiola and Klopp forged a bitter rivalry during their time in the Premier League. Liverpool pipped City to the top-flight crown in 2020, but the Spaniard's side got the upper hand on their Merseyside rivals on a number of occasions, despite the Reds earning record points hauls.

Rodri has lauded the effort from their Premier League rivals in the battle to be at the summit in May. He said: "To have that mentality until the end with Arsenal and Liverpool.

"They had an unbelievable season until the end. But keeping that mentality until the end is unbelievable."

The midfielder caused a stir with his comments in light of City's triumph over the Hammers on the final day. Rodri took aim at Arsenal's mentality after they travelled to the Etihad Stadium and earned a point after a goalless draw.

"It's the mentality," he said. "Arsenal, also they deserve [to win the league], they did an unbelievable season, but I think the difference was in here (in the head).

"When they came here, they faced us at the Etihad, I saw them and said: 'Ah, these guys, they don't want to beat us, they just want a draw.' And that mentality, I don't think we would do it the same way.

"We caught them. In the end, if you give us one point, we will win the last seven, or eight games even though it's so tough. So I think it comes down to mentality."