1 awesome stat shows who will win the 2018/19 Premier League

1 awesome stat shows who will win the 2018/19 Premier League

1 awesome stat shows who will win the 2018/19 Premier League

The availability of De Bruyne could be a crucial determining factor in the outcome of the game, but, after the Belgian missed City's 3-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday with a knock, Guardiola was unable to provide a detailed update on his fitness.

"He's been looking at this for a year now or more and unusually City have not really responded or reacted properly to this". This loss we can use to be better.

"Last season, I knew that when we were going to lose, we were going to doubt again that this is the right way", he said.

With their trip to the Etihad on Thursday, Liverpool have the chance to stretch the gap between them and City to a whopping 10 points.

While Guardiola may well be correct with his assessment, given that Jurgen Klopp's side are unbeaten in 20 Premier League games so far this season, his words are clearly meant to put the pressure on the Reds.

"In the position of Liverpool, we drop points, it's over - it's finished", stated Guardiola.

"We are not here to send messages to Liverpool. If you want to be there as far as possible until the end we have to remember what happened last season, and this as well, apart from the last few days".

'I don't know how he is, ' said Guardiola.

"[Liverpool] is one of those key games you live for".

The defending champions can not afford to fall further behind Liverpool and the match at the Etihad is looking like a must-win game for City. "Every living soul that comes into the stadium on Thursday has to be ready to fight and give it to them", added the Belgian.

Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, either side of a James Ward-Prowse own goal, made sure City took full advantage of Tottenham's defeat to Wolves a day earlier, with Kompany delighted with the performance following recent setbacks in their title defence.

"That's what I'm most delighted with, mistakes are part of the game". Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane are two of the three league leaders in goals with 13, along with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. "Today he was not able to play, but it is not a big issue".

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