Leicester failed to make the most of that period but claimed victory with eight minutes remaining as Pereira pounced with a 20-yard blast to give a fine Leicester performance its deserved reward. But the reality is we lost three in four games and the last two.
Klopp though, celebrating his 100th Liverpool win, is in no mood for complacency: "The six-point lead means nothing", he said.
City are now seven points behind leaders Liverpool but the Catalan insisted his side will still be in with a chance of defending their title if they match the 44 points they collected from the first half of the season.
Claude Puel believes that his controversial squad rotation for Leicester City's League Cup quarter-final defeat has been vindicated following shock back-to-back Premier League wins against Chelsea and Manchester City. I have to reflect and think about what the team needs and how to help them.
He told Sky Sports: "They [Tottenham and Liverpool] deserve it, they win games, we don't win games, so the gap increases".
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We knew it would be a tricky game against a tough team. We are going to start preparations tomorrow. He has done great things for Real Madrid ".
When Delph was dismissed for a high challenge on Pereira in the dying moments, Guardiola's misery was complete. Even if we beat Liverpool now it won't be easy. Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero both came off the bench against Palace after dealing with injuries over the past few weeks. We lose a game, it happens. The influential Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho added the other goals in a comfortable win, the 16th of the season with three draws at its halfway point.
Paul Pogba - so often marginalized under Mourinho - struck a double in that game as he scored for the first time since October. Ilkay Gündogan, John Stones and Fabian Delph - who will now be suspended anyway - have deputised for the Brazil midfielder in the past two seasons but none of those players ticks all the boxes like Fernandinho does.
Tottenham leapfrog City into second after thrashing Bournemouth 5-0, while Manchester United's ideal start under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued with Paul Pogba scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.