Zabaleta, who won two league crowns with City, said: 'It looks like it will be between City and Liverpool until the end. I'm just going to keep working hard.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - 18 goals.
'It is always special to come back to the Etihad.
"The only thing I can say about my players is that I have big confidence in them".
Liverpool get back on track.
City dominated possession in a one-sided first half at the Etihad but were frustrated by Manuel Pellegrini's tenacious West Ham side.
"They played really well and they deserve the victory that they got".
"The good thing about his passes, he fizzes them into the forwards so they're that much easier to control".
And it didn't take him long to score arguably his goal of the season.
Zabaleta said: 'Our plan was to try to be defensively good enough and don't give them some chances, make it hard.
"After that there will only be nine games left and we will have time to recover for them and time to think about that".
Klopp may therefore make some changes for the Watford game, Salah in particular exhausted against United and was substituted - but Gracia knows whoever turns out for Liverpool will make it a tough night for the Hornets.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped by Maurizio Sarri as the Blues' goalkeeper paid the price for his refusal to be substituted during Sunday's League Cup final.
"You will never win a game without defending and being completely focused on defending".
While Klopp had the likes of Salah, Origi and Daniel Sturridge as more conventional options, the boss claimed that Mane was his "first thought", describing how he served as a unique solution.
However, Brighton's latest defeat at Leicester on Tuesday continues their freefall, only picking up two points in their seven games in 2019.
But with a narrow lead still intact and just 11 games to play, Klopp is looking exclusively at the positives as Liverpool prepare to host Watford on Wednesday.