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That’s the opinion of Manchester United hero Gary Neville who has told the German to copy Sir Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool are second in the Premier League, trailing Manchester City on goal difference, and the Sky Sports pundit believes the mental challenge of winning the title will be tough for the younger players.
Neville recounted his first triumph at United as an example.
He told Sky Sports: “Winning the title is obviously about performance, but the mental side is huge. Our first title at Manchester United I never looked forward to it, I struggled with it, and so did other young players.
“We were dragged over the line by Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, those characters who had the experience to understand what it was about.
“This City team has know-how and so does Pep Guardiola. Jurgen Klopp has won a league before but not in this country. What City have done this week does apply psychological pressure.
“Liverpool have to be prepared every time they drop a point that it will be suggested they are feeling the pressure.
“Pep Guardiola and Manchester City drop a point it will be suggested there is complacency and they can’t get themselves up for defending the title.
“The nature of the questioning won’t change. They have to expect that, and when the questions come, don’t react to it. That’s difficult in your first season.
“Sir Alex Ferguson shielded young players from the media and I think that’s what Jurgen Klopp will have to do in the next four to six weeks.”
Neville is now backing City to win the Premier League though and believes Sergio Aguero could be the reason why they beat Liverpool to the trophy.
He explained: “Manchester City have set themselves a standard in the last week. If they are going to win the league they need to maintain that standard every week because they can’t afford to make mistakes.
“Liverpool are a very good side and they will realise they are in for a major battle. Liverpool were seven points ahead a few weeks ago, but now City are definitely favourites for the title from what I am seeing.
“Sergio Aguero has lifted City in the last month. He has grabbed games by the scruff of the neck and has been a champion player.
“He is standing up. If City are going to win back-to-back titles I think they can look towards the last month and think about his influence, he has been outstanding.”
Liverpool return to Premier League action against arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, February 24.
City face West Ham on Wednesday, February 27 at the Etihad.
Before they return to top flight action, the pair will compete in the Champions League against Bayern Munich and Schalke respectively.