Liverpool set for Manchester City siege, says Andrew Robertson

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Stakes high, stage set.

His side host Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday before a third-round FA Cup tie at home to Championship strugglers Rotherham three days later.

"Liverpool will win it", he continued. The distance is big but they are coming to our home. "It's a massive game, of course it is".

"We don't go there to take Man City out of the race, we go there for a Premier League game", he said.

While Jurgen Klopp's men have stormed on relentlessly it has been a different story for Pep Guardiola, seeing his side lose three times in December.

City scored nearly immediately when Ward-Prowse deflected Raheem Sterling's cross past his own goalkeeper and Agüero quickly made it 3-1.

This is what Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast has to say, adding that manage Pep Guardiola has known about the weakness in the Manchester City squad for some time, and has finally made a decision to plug that gap.

Riyad Mahrez nearly added a brilliant second after City had broken from inside their own area but, after advancing towards Southampton box, his finish was curled narrowly wide.

City sit seven points behind Liverpool in the table after two costly defeats over the festive period. It promises to be a fascinating tactical tussle. "We can not play that game and we don't". "Arsenal were quite open and we took advantage of that". He has scored seven goals in 10 games since the start of November, and West Ham will be playing at home against Brighton.

"This will go the whole way, but we're in a good position just now".

This version of the midfielder is the one United thought they were buying when paying a then world record £89 million to Juventus in 2016. They've won the title.

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

"The problem is the other team is fantastic".

Arsenal endured a disappointing end to 2018 as we saw our 22-game unbeaten run end with defeat at Southampton, were knocked out of the Carabao Cup to Tottenham, drew at Brighton on Boxing Day before being thrashed 5-1 by Liverpool on Saturday night.

The Italian worldwide defender has been on the fringes of the Manchester United team since the start of last season. Sometimes you need to realise that wanting to do well is not enough.

'We spoke about City last season and I'm sure every other team did. It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well.

"But the thing is, they completed it and they've got their winners' medal and the trophy".

'Just now, we have nothing and that's why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.

"If the guys lose two games, we are out of the Premier League; if we win one game, we are in it - but there are a lot of games". With three minutes to go in regulation, Karius sliced down Harry Kane in the penalty area, but the ensuing spot-kick by Kane was right down the middle and Karius stood firm to keep it out.

His words echo his manager's.

"The pressure is always here".

"I don't think it was a penalty, but it could easily have been given", reasoned Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports' half-time show.