Pep Guardiola appears to have started the mind games with Jürgen Klopp by hinting that the pressure is on Liverpool to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Manchester City boss will be looking for a win against the Reds when the two Premier League giants clash at the Etihad on January 3rd but before that he will hoping his side can bounce back with a win at Southampton on Sunday.
Although City sit 3rd and 7 points behind Liverpool, Guardiola suggests it’s Klopp’s outfit that needs to handle the pressure.
Guardiola said: “From January, February last season people said, ‘The Premier League is over’. To live with that is not easy.
“One month ago people talked about (the match against) Liverpool and before (then) we had three or four games.
“Football is that you are able to win a lot of games and you are able to lose a lot of games. When I was at Barcelona for one period I lost four games in a row.”
He added: “The less important issue is Liverpool, we have to think about Southampton.
“I don’t forget who we are, how good a team we are, how exceptional these lads I have in the locker room are.
“The reality is we have lost three in four games and the last two. If you want to be real contenders you have to win again. If you don’t, it will not be possible.”