Man City midfielder Fernandinho says pressure back on Liverpool

"This is Liverpool, we will always come back when it's tough", the centre-half told reporters. Stones said. "Those sort of things can change a game".

They are even taking heart from the fact that they matched City for long periods in midweek before eventually coming unstuck.

Liverpool's defeat by Manchester City was a setback for Jurgen Klopp's side but it is not a result that will knock their confidence or affect the Reds' belief that they can win this title race.

They will play Rotherham and Burton for the Cup fixtures next before having games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town respectively in the league. Rather than going 10 points clear, Liverpool's lead has been trimmed to four points by City, which reclaimed second place from Tottenham. "You have to win every game, so we will see what happens in the end". Klopp added. "If he hits Mo more he is out for the season".

Crucially, they have title-winning experience and they are within reach of Liverpool, whose nerve will be tested between now and May.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Josep Guardiola or Jürgen Klopp?

"I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card?"

"You just have to keep going and bounce back and that is something we are definitely going to do. They won it, we lost it and it is sometimes like this".

"Tomorrow morning we wake up, it feels still average and then we have the opportunity to work on it and prepare for the next game and that's what we will 100 per cent do. Football is like this". Yes, they've suffered a blow but they can't let it slip away from them now.

Salah started six of the seven games for the Reds and scored six goals, including a hat-trick at Bournemouth and the opener at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Kevin De Bruyne is fit again - the Belgian was among the substitutes for this game - and the Belgian's importance to City can not be overstated.

Has Liverpool's luck run out?

"We knew it was going to be a very tough season and there will be ups and downs and Thursday was obviously a down", said the Netherlands worldwide. "Then we could have scored two; of course, City had counter-attacks, especially when we lost the ball, it was really risky". They won, but we are still on top and we are still confident.

Back-to-back losses for City less than two weeks ago had put Liverpool on a seemingly smoother path to a first English title in 29 years.

  • Steve Townsend