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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson's footballing skills a nice surprise - Jurgen Klopp

01 January, 2019, 11:13 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City's title credentials despite back-to-back defeats handing Liverpool the initiative at the top of the Premier League.

It is a match City can not afford to lose - and realistically have to win considering the relentless progress of Liverpool, who remain unbeaten 20 matches into the season.

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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.

'Of course we hope that we win it but we know how hard it is and we know two teams (City and Tottenham), probably even more, are right behind us and causing us all sorts of problems.

Since his transfer to Manchester United from Torino in 2015, Matteo Damian has been able to score just one league goal for the Red Devils.

"It's a massive step and just what we needed", he said. With three minutes to go in regulation, Karius sliced down Harry Kane in the penalty area, but the ensuing spot-kick by Kane was right down the middle and Karius stood firm to keep it out.

"That is not going to happen".

"In the winter break everyone loses games, except for Liverpool in this period, but everyone drops points, that's normal".

Needing a win to secure the Premier League title - a win they would get a few days later - City opened the game 2-0 in front by the half-hour mark.

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"The pressure is always here".

"It's not like you want to sit on the bench or be in the stand".

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

Kompany, though, called on his side to avenge a painful Champions League quarter-final exit to Liverpool last season.

Most of their matches have not been as explosive this season as they have adopted a more controlled approach which has ultimately been, so far, more successful.

Jurgen Klopp has told ESPN Brasil that he has been taken aback by the football-playing skills of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson. Assuring and demolishing at every go they get and normally unmatched.

The bench is not a familiar place for Virgil van Dijk and nor does he want it to be. "One of the most incredible things I've ever seen".

"Oh, I was waiting for that question", he said.

"Obviously everyone came around us and it looked like we were fighting or something but we weren't. That's what I definitely do", he added.

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