Three defeats in their last four league games, however, mean Arsene Wenger’s side have precious little margin for error in their quest for a 21st consecutive top-four finish.
As such, the Anfield club should be approaching the run-in with energy in their hearts and minds but Jose Mourinho will have been heartened by the manner of Liverpool’s failure to hang on to the lead given to them by James Milner’s penalty.
“In the first half we were what we are, and in the second half again and again and again how many chances we missed, it was tough, and playing against a team like Liverpool who were all week preparing for the game”.
“We lived a tough two days after going out of the Champions League – our mood after what happened in Monaco”, Guardiola told a news conference.
Hence his delight at not following Wednesday’s loss to Monaco with another one, this time on their own ground. The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager.
Across his stellar managerial career, Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice, captured 19 other major trophies and coached perhaps the greatest ever club team in Barcelona’s class of 2009-11.
One thing is certain, though, two of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and United will be shut out of the top-four this season.
Unlike Manuel Pellegrini, an honourable man who was sacked for being insufficiently famous, Guardiola will not be winning the Premier League in his first season and this was an afternoon in which he and his players badly needed to make a statement of what they were about.
The game continued to flow from end to end and eventually, City bagged an equaliser, with Sergio Aguero firing home from a superb Kevin De Bruyne pass.
Klopp said: “We are still in a battle and our next game is not only a derby, it is a really important game”.
The full-back put Liverpool ahead with a penalty in the side’s 1-1 draw and was booed by a section of City’s support throughout the game.
“It’s another “nearly” for us and we have had too many “nearlys” on the road”, said Dyche. He was lucky to not concede a penalty in the first half when he pulled back Sergio Aguero in the box and despite possibly saving a goal, it highlighted how easily the City attack managed to get past him.
“They deserved the goal, but we could have scored more”.
The match will be televised live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom on Sunday, with kick off at 16:30pm BST.
Milner said “I’ve been fortunate to play in a lot of good teams”, before adding that “as a team this is probably up there as the best team I’ve played in”.