Guardiola not changing Man City style

English Premier League: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

Pep Guardiola says it will be "almost impossible" for Manchester City to defend their Premier League title if they don't beat Liverpool on Thursday.

They remain in contention for four trophies this season, although successive league defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester have dampened the mood at the Etihad Stadium.

"With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be nearly impossible", said Guardiola in his post-match press conference.

Guardiola said after the game it was effectively win or bust for his team's chances, arguing that if they dropped any more points, it'd be over.

From a position of dominance just a few weeks ago, City have fallen to third, and have already lost more games this term (3) than they did in the entirety of the last (2). Sometimes you have to kick your face, be a little bit stubborn and ask 'guys, what happened?'.

"Oleks was the best player on the pitch because after the mistake he never hid, he never said he didn't want the ball", Guardiola said. Sometimes you need to realise that wanting to do well is not enough. Liverpool have progressed a lot and it is an example for us.

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Of course I think they're going to drop points, but not too many.

Confidence is high in the Liverpool ranks as the side are on a nine-game winning run and are yet to lose in the league this season.

Guardiola went on to describe Liverpool as the "best team in Europe" at the moment and among "the top four in the world".

Kevin De Bruyne missed Sunday's Southampton clash with a muscular issue and will be a doubt for the pivotal Liverpool clash.

Alex McCarthy made a good save to keep out Aguero from point-blank range after good work by Sterling and City were made to pay for their profligacy when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg slammed home after robbing Oleksandr Zinchenko.

"Last season, I knew that when we were going to lose, we were going to doubt again that this is the right way", he said.

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