Man City bounce back to beat Saints and close on Liverpool

Liverpool players celebrate during their 5-1 win over Arsenal

De Bruyne's injury will come as a boost unless, however, it's just mind games from Pep Guardiola.

Paul Tierney is today's referee and here are the starting lineups selected by Guardiola and his counterpart Hasenhüttl.

Though the Blues manager revealed the problem wasn't significant, he added it was too soon to tell if the Belgian would be fit for the eagerly-anticipated Etihad meeting with the Premier League leaders. A full list of TV coverage across the world can be found here.

"But of course you have the past two games, against Crystal Palace and Leicester, and you have that sense, because there are two teams there now who are better than us in the last month". Danilo and Zinchenko won't get the help they need, then, which could mean a season-ending defeat for Guardiola's side. "What do you expect when you are Crystal Palace, playing solid, you score an equaliser [for 1-1] and then [Andros] Townsend, from his apartment, scores a second goal!". It did not happen in the first year, it is not going to happen.

"Given the position of Liverpool, [if] we drop points, it's over, it's finished - it would be nearly impossible", Guardiola said.

"And we should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game". I was waiting for it later. With 88 points, you are champions.

Even though they were deprived of the services of the 27-year-old, City still managed to prevail past Southampton as they bounced back having lost their previous two league matches.

"In my experience, when this happens it is for everyone to look in the mirror, and work harder, harder".

Liverpool continued to set the pace with a thumping 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, and it has been suggested that the Reds could do likewise in the transfer market. "One of the most incredible things I've ever seen". Seven points starts to be a lot and we have to admit we are not in a good moment and try to come back from that.

The champions can reduce the advantage further when the two sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday and Guardiola said it is a must-win game. "We go there to..."



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