Reds game key for title bid – Guardiola
PREMIER LEAGUE: Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City must beat Liverpool on Thursday to sustain their title bid.
City shook off consecutive defeats to coast past Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s yesterday, with David Silva and Sergio Aguero on target and James Ward-Prowse netting an own goal.
That south coast victory set up a pivotal title battle with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, with second-placed City trailing the league leaders by seven points.
And City boss Guardiola has conceded only a win on Thursday will be enough to keep his side in the hunt to retain their crown.
“With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be almost impossible,” said Guardiola.
“Of course they are going to drop points, but not too many. If you want to be there as far as possible until the end we have to remember what happened last season, and this as well, apart from the last few days.”