Man City beat Southampton to end slide, move up to second place

Man City beat Southampton to end slide, move up to second place

The City boss, speaking after his side won 3-1 at Southampton on Sunday, says that Liverpool are "maybe the best team in Europe or the world right now". Having topped the league for nearly the whole season, the holders have handed Liverpool the initiative in the title race in December after losing three of their last four league games.

With their trip to the Etihad on Thursday, Liverpool have the chance to stretch the gap between them and City to a whopping 10 points. "It has not happened in the first years and it is not going to happen", he said.

"The problem is the other team is fantastic".

Van Dijk admitted that it will be a tough game, but he insists it is a fixture Liverpool want to win.

"With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be nearly impossible", said Guardiola.

As reported by goal, Guardiola said: 'I don't know how Kevin De Bruyne is.

Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea (Tier 1 defender): Rudiger has the third-highest fantasy points per game average in this tier, and the two players ahead of him play for Liverpool and Manchester City. It is one of those key games you live for.

Feeling contact from Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was also to blame for Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg's equaliser at 1-1, Ward-Prowse went down asking the referee for a spot-kick - but no decision was forthcoming.

With the game having so much at stake, the smallest of details could be important - and supporters believe the Premier League's appointment of Taylor could be troublesome.

The striker was booked in the second half and then booed by the travelling support as he jogged off the pitch ten minutes later. He is young, he will learn.

'Today he was not able to play, but it is not a big issue.

"It's not because I ever tried to show you through my words that I am special, or better, or unique, or something like that".

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