Klopp hails focused Liverpool after Man City win

Guardiola is the best manager in the world - Klopp

Guardiola is the best manager in the world - Klopp

Bernardo Silva pulled a late goal back but a third defeat in eight league games leaves City down in fourth, nine points behind Liverpool, and with a mountain to climb if they are to claim a third straight league title.

The build-up has been coloured by Guardiola saying Liverpool's Sadio Mane sometimes dived and then backtracking.

"He explained it well, he said when he speaks to his kids it's like this, was it a penalty or not - that's a discussion they had at home".

"I have no idea if I've ever had a nine-point lead, it has never been nine points over City, especially after a game against them so it is completely new", Klopp told Sky Sports. I can imagine it's the whole week [with] how the whole world is talking about we must not lose, I think I heard, and they must win or something like that.

"I personally feel they could not afford to lose Laporte, Manchester City". But I am really not interested.

"If I could do it again, I wouldn't say it [the line about the tactical fouls] because it's just not necessary".

Guardiola's self-belief stops well short of hubris, with the Catalonian remaining realistic enough to know the margins are small for his side. "Everything else will be decided on the pitch".

The Reds are sitting six points clear of the defending Premier League champions at the top of the table.

"We scored two incredible goals, had to suffer in moments because of the way City play, but until around the 75th minute we could control it".

"To win these kind of games you have to be at the top level".

"There is so much still to come". For me it's a 100 per cent win game.

"It didn't make it easy for City but in every situation when they're in control, it's like "wow" and it's unfortunately like this". We want to be ahead, but we've lost points.

"You then saw all these City situations, going along the touchline, passing the ball, in the box, through the box". "We know it's a big game - Liverpool are ahead, and we have to go back, recover and be ready for next Sunday".

"But the other 70 minutes we controlled the game with our intensity and didn't let them do what they wanted". Without that it would be another draw and it would be deserved.

Pep Guardiola's men will need to produce something similarly spectacular to retain the title, but after quickly making up for the disappointment of the title race by wining the Champions League last season, Liverpool look destined to go one better this time round. "[Claudio] Bravo can do certain things he can do but I expect him to play 100 per cent".

"Again, I think this is the same as last season".