Liver­pool will crack says Fer­nand­inho

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LFer­nand­inho has warned Li v e r pool t hat Manch­ester City are ready to eat up ground in the ti­tle race as pres­sure mounts on the lead­ers. The 33-year-old has in­jected life back into City’s mid­field af­ter re­turn­ing from in­jury and was in­te­gral to Pep Guardi­ola’s de­fen­sive shape in the 2- 1 win on on Thurs­day night. Fer­nand­inho be­lieves the vic­tory has set up an in­trigu­ing race. “Four points is go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing for the rest of the sea­son for both teams,’ Fer­nand­inho said. “They are still lead­ers and they have a lot of games to play. It is not easy to stay at the top be­cause the pres­sure is so high. You have to win ev­ery game so we will see what hap­pens. “We have a point to prove ev­ery game. You can­not blink. You get pun­ished, all the games are high t e nsi on, so you have to b e care­ful all the time.”

City found a dif­fer­ent way to win against Jur­gen Klopp’s side, de­fend­ing coura­geously late on to pre­serve their lead.

Leroy Sane, who scored the win­ner with 18 min­utes re­main­ing, hailed the ‘spe­cial’ grit Guardi­ola in­stilled into his play­ers.

The Ger­man in­di­cated that sort of at­ti­tude will stand them in good stead as City look to be­come the first team in a decade to de­fend their crown.

“We need to keep play­ing the way we play and we did that, but the way we ran and fought was a lit­tle bit spe­cial,”Sane said. “We want to show we can do it both ways.

“We ran a lot and wanted to fight. If you don’t win the du­els against Liver­pool, they cre­ate chances. You could see that, es­pe­cially in the first half, we won a lot of du­els, im­por­tant du­els, too.

“You need the con­fi­dence to play like this. We have put more pres­sure on Liver­pool.

“We’re just four points be­hind

them and they know it.”

Diego Costa.

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