Their loss had nothing to do with nerves, or any lack of effort or ability, and it is not as if City won by dismantling Liverpool or exposing any flaws in their team. "The 12th man is more than just the fans, it's something from within and it made us a better team".
"They are leaders, it is four points but we have reduced the gap". That would have kept the lead at seven points, and Liverpool would have remained an overwhelming favorite going forward.
Liverpool claimed it had gone in, but goalline technology showed that a tiny portion of the ball ― just 1.12cm according to Premier League statistics ― hadn't crossed the line, meaning the decision to play on was correct. I'm just happy it didn't go over the line!
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Salah hit a hat-trick in a 4-0 demolition of Eddie Howe's side in December and the Egypt superstar also scored in both games against Bournemouth last term.
"I tried to take everything", Stones said. The title was his target at the start of the season, and nothing has changed. "Winning means it is tight again". If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years then we go 100 per cent, but we don't have the experience in that. "We lost, but it's not the biggest problem". "We're a better team when we play with emotion".
And Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher admitted that the result has blown the Premier League title race back open again.
Liverpool were mightily unlucky not to take an early lead when a defensive mix-up between John Stones and Ederson followed Sadio Mane hitting the post, but they survived and finished the first half well - Sergio Aguero netting in ruthless fashion. "I got the ball, a little bit of the man but it wasn't naughty", said Kompany, who was seen urging Salah to get up following the crunching tackle.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, is well aware of how close the competition is at the top of the table. Between them, they held City together defensively.
"They have got Manchester United, Liverpool and City coming up".
Liverpool pushed forward in search of a second equaliser and had a prolonged spell in and around the City box before nearly being caught out on another counter.
Both sides forged chances throughout, with Alisson Becker superbly denying Aguero at one end and Ederson thwarting Mohamed Salah at the other as the minutes ticked away. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.