Liverpool still in box seat despite City loss - former captains


It was the sort of moment that could haunt Liverpool for years if City pip them to the league title this season. They are the ones I respect the most.

"How I saw the game it was unlucky in decisive moments but that is absolutely okay because you can not always be on the lucky side". Wolves have the sixth-best defensive record in the league so far this season, while at the front they have been scoring relatively freely for a promoted side.

"I'm not sure too many people picked up on it at the Etihad this week, but what struck me was just how ballistic City went when they won", Fowler wrote in the Mirror. Interestingly, both Liverpool and Wolves were knocked out of the competition last season by teams who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the campaign.

Guardiola said: "Losing to Liverpool we would have been nearly out and we played knowing we were in or we were out".

But perhaps that pragmatism stems from Guardiola and City knowing that substance over style is sometimes the way to win - win ugly, even - when it matters in a title race.

The City boss said: "I would like to have two months' holiday right now, definitely - this month is really tough, but it is what it is". He only has to talk and analyse the games, spare a thought for us punters who have to attempt to predict the outcomes!

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"Disappointed that we lost, that is really obvious, (but) we're four points clear, that is the main thing", said the Holland captain.

"A few games this season we were lucky we have scored goals, and tonight we were quite unlucky with the chances that we had".

"This game was different and that is an important step for us".

"Don't get me wrong, I still love to watch the way City play. We can use that to our advantage and we'll look forward to the games ahead now".

The 67-year-old also hasn't ruled Tottenham out of the title challenge either, but claimed that of all three teams Klopp has the best team: "Liverpool's players have a bigger desire to win the title and that will help them win the league". Youngster Curtis Jones is another option if Klopp wants to give the youngster a chance to impress. They would lose that game but Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Saido Mane all started the match alongside a lot of other Liverpool regulars at the time.