Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City's title bid hangs on Liverpool clash

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with his team mates after scoring to make it 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with his team mates after scoring to make it 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium

Last season Liverpool beat City three times - twice in a Champions League quarter-final - but despite a club-record start to the season, taking the most points from the opening 20 matches, Robertson said until they have silverware in the trophy cabinet, they can not say they are on the same level.

City shook off their consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester with Sunday's 3-1 win at Southampton, where strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and a James Ward-Prowse own goal sealed victory.

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling believes his team can claim an important win over Liverpool if they are at their best.

"We never forget who we are".

"Given the position of Liverpool, [if] we drop points, it's over, it's finished - it would be nearly impossible", Guardiola said. And on all but four occasions in Premier League history, the side who were leading at Christmas suffered a downturn in form and lower average points per match thereafter.

"The way we played was attacking and we scored the goals". With three minutes to go in regulation, Karius sliced down Harry Kane in the penalty area, but the ensuing spot-kick by Kane was right down the middle and Karius stood firm to keep it out.

"I said to the players at half-time: 'Learn from Zinchenko today, guys.' Everybody can make a mistake but what he has done after that in a game where he can feel bad or guilty for the team, he was absolutely outstanding".

English Premier League: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

We know we need to defensively get better.

'We play the way that the game tells us to play, ' he added. I know the distance is big - seven points - especially because they are so solid and consistent. They only need to win by one on Thursday.

"To beat them you are going to have to score twice, which is a tall order".

'It is normal for this to happen when you spend three to four months out injured - you come back in such a demanding period and you have a little bit of a problem. Here are the ones that gave us the most enjoyment in what was a fantastic pool to choose from. I'm always looking forward to these games.

After going down late at Fulham in their last match of 2018, they can ill afford to start the New Year with another loss.

"Liverpool know what they have to do, we know what we have to do on Thursday".

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