Hodgson Expects Liverpool to Slip-Up in EPL Title Race

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The 2-0 defeat at Chelsea a fortnight ago suggested that Liverpool were not chasing Guardiola's team in vain but Saturday's shock 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace leaves City trailing Juergen Klopp's side by four points.

A late flurry from City and a fortuitous cross-turned-goal from Kevin De Bruyne nearly saw Guardiola's side salvage something from the game, but the Spaniard insists calmness is required to go to Leicester and win.

Twelve months earlier, in Guardiola's first season in English football, City were seven points behind leaders Chelsea at the corresponding stage but in the middle of a run of poor form which would eventually see them end the season in third place, 15 points behind Antonio Conte's title-winners. He hopes that calm will be extended to the supporters if the club experience a blip.

Klopp has urged his players to maintain their focus when they host Newcastle at Anfield on Boxing Day, with potentially season-defining games against Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon. I don't know where the Premier League is not broadcasted but you will maybe go there! If you want to enjoy the ride and want to try everything you can to be as successful as possible, then welcome, let's go for it. We all have to be. What is it? What does it mean?

Klopp expects former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Anfield for the fifth time as a visiting team manager. Don't think that because we have that number of points and they have that amount of points...

"We've found the games against Tottenham hard", said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash. There is no pressure. It didn't look like they felt a lot of pressure. That's it. We are in December, nothing changed, absolutely nothing.

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From 3-1 up City nicked a goal back, and pushed Palace for the remaining ten minutes or so of play up to the 95th minute. Guardiola called upon the injury-ravaged Belgian in the second half to try to change the game.

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"If we work hard, play with intensity and get in and around them there is no reason why we can't cause an upset".

"If we are not first in the table on 3 January for example then we would probably have lost a game".

Silva, 32, has played 20 games this season, scoring eight goals. I'm a sportsman since I was five years old, running races, athletics.

"We go to Leicester and try to win". So why should you even think before you've won something that you maybe win something?

"There's no celebration, no more happiness than before, only because now we are a few points ahead", he said. "We smelled a bit of it last season how it could be".

The transfer window opens next week and Klopp is not ruling out the prospect of adding a new face to his squad.

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