Six-point Premier League lead 'means nothing' to Liverpool - Klopp

"Three days after another game against a tough team, we will see, but it will be another fantastic challenge and we need to create another upset".

The loss comes on the back of defeats to Chelsea and Crystal Palace in their previous four games and City now lie third in the table - behind Tottenham and seven points shy of unbeaten leaders Liverpool.

City have a chance to close in on the leaders when they play Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 but first they travel to Southampton in four days' time to face a side who have improved significantly under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

City have dropped down to third in the league standings, with Tottenham Hotspur's 5-0 win over Bournemouth taking them up to second.

Centre-back John Stones deputised at the weekend, while the more attack-minded Ilkay Gundogan was deployed at the base of the midfield in Leicester. "We have to leave that and we have to try to win again for our mood, our confidence, for our desire". Ferna was not able to play because he's injured.

"When you play football for Man United you should be happy". That was understandably also the case for Kevin De Bruyne in his first match of the season, while Benjamin Mendy was badly missed at left-back. The champions are already missing Benjamin Mendy with a knee injury giving Guardiola another headache.

There was a time when Man City's goalscoring form meant they had a so-called "extra point" with their superior goal difference; that has now been wiped out by the Reds' near-impregnable defence.

Guardiola won three consecutive league titles at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but retaining the title in England has proved impossible for any team in the past decade.

"The great Manchester United sides found that hard". "I don't forget who we are, how good we are, how exceptional the lads are in the locker rooms". If we make the same points in the second half of the season, we are fighting to win the Premier League. It felt like the season was over at this stage last season. We have to find an explanation. "It's mathematically possible, but we have to be nearly flawless from now".

  • Rosalie Stanley