We must beat Liverpool to stay in title race: Guardiola

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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. It provided the blueprint for beating Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola lost just five Premier League matches the entire 2018 calendar year, and three of them appear on this list.

Liverpool are well on their way to lifting their first-ever title in the Premier League era, and if history is to be believed, there is no team that will stop them this season. It's something that we've never had.

Guardiola said after the game it was effectively win or bust for his team's chances, arguing that if they dropped any more points, it'd be over.

'We know they'll be right on our tails so we keep our feet on the ground and hopefully by then we'll be celebrating. If we have a full squad, all players available, then the preparation is a joy.

Mohamed Salah was first accused of diving in the box during his side's win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, with former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claiming that Salah should receive a two-game ban and Burnley boss Sean Dyche slamming the English FA for not banning him. I don't know what's changed. It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well.

"We will be prepared for a very tough game".

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side are in good shape after Liverpool's 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. Klopp added: "Look, it worked so it was one of the nicest things I ever saw in my life".

Neil Warnock has the side as well organised as you would expect, with Tuesday's match offering the chance for them to record three straight top-flight clean sheets for the first time since 1957.

"If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone", he told United Kingdom newspapers.

"We are doing well but the other team are possibly one of the strongest in Europe", he said when speaking after his side's victory at Southampton.

Man City went into Sunday's game against Southampton on the south coast 10 points adrift of the Reds at the top of the table.

Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos accused Mohamed Salah of diving - something which had been levelled at the Egypt global by Newcastle on Boxing Day when he was awarded a soft spot-kick - to win the penalty for Liverpool's fourth on the stroke of half-time. "We need a good reaction from all the lads, that is what we will try to do at Southampton".

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