Pep Guardiola has told Liverpool his Manchester City side will keep turning up the heat as they target a third successive Premier league title.
Late goals from Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling secured the points for City after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had cancelled out Gabriel Jesus’s strike in the first half.
Liverpool’s lunchtime win had opened up an eight-point lead over second-placed City , but the response from Guardiola’s men reduced the gap back to five as the title race promises to be just as nailbiting as last season’s.
And Guardiola warned Liverpool there will be no let-up from his side – just as there wasn’t last season when the rivals went toe-to-toe with City eventually winning the title by a point.
“We knew Liverpool won again and the gap was eight points, so big,” the City boss said in quotes reported by the Manchester Evening News .
“So we won three points and it’s five in September, with a lot of points to play for.”
“We know which team we’re playing [in the title race] right now, they are seven victories in a row, champions of Europe and playing good football.
“This is our rival and we know we can’t drop too many points because last season they lost just one game.
“The season is long, we have to keep going and be there, maybe we can push them a little bit more and try to make the third Premier League in a row.”
City struggled early in the second half and were grateful to goalkeeper Ederson for a couple of crucial interventions.
They had to dig deep to rediscover dominant passing game, an Guardiola was not surprised by their desire.
“We couldn’t do what we’ve done for two seasons without the desire,” he said. “[We were] absolutely outstanding.”