Sterling confident in City's chances against Liverpool

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"The performance was excellent we looked aggressive in retrieving the ball", City captain Vincent Kompany told Sky Sports.

"I am not the smartest person in the world but I am not an idiot either", he said, according to the Guardian.

However, they rebounded by beating Southampton 3-1 on Sunday and Sterling talked up the importance of that result.

"We spoke about our responsibilities and what we are as a team and they did it today, and that was fantastic".

Alisson has enjoyed the most successful start of any Liverpool goalkeeper in history, keeping 12 clean-sheets in the Premier League, so far.

"We shouldn't focus too much on points at the moment, we know if we can play to our potential we know we are a good team".

But Klopp insists he will be instructing his players to continue what they have been doing all season and won't be thinking about the points gap. I trust a lot in the way we want to play.

Liverpool continued to set the pace at the top as they thrashed Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, whilst Manchester City leapfrogged Tottenham who surprisingly lost at home to Wolves. "What do you expect when you are Crystal Palace, playing solid, you score an equaliser [for 1-1] and then [Andros] Townsend, from his apartment, scores a second goal!" The distance is big but they are coming to our home.

"It's a massive step and just what we needed", he said.

Liverpool fans can take heart from this as well as the fact that Jurgen Klopp's men are showing no signs of slowing down. After the match, Roy Hodgson said Townsend had "one of those bonanza days", and he couldn't have picked a better stage to perform at such a level. They were very hard to beat. With three minutes to go in regulation, Karius sliced down Harry Kane in the penalty area, but the ensuing spot-kick by Kane was right down the middle and Karius stood firm to keep it out.

Cardiff, on the other hand, have collected four points from their last two outings to hoist themselves up to 16th place in the Premier League table out of the relegation zone.

Mohamed Salah was first accused of diving in the box during his side's win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, with former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claiming that Salah should receive a two-game ban and Burnley boss Sean Dyche slamming the English FA for not banning him.