English Premier League: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

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Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City's title credentials despite back-to-back defeats handing Liverpool the initiative at the top of the Premier League.

The unbeaten Reds are seven points clear of City, who sat top for most of the season before a recent slide knocked them off their perch.

City shook off their consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester with Sunday's 3-1 win at Southampton, where strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and a James Ward-Prowse own goal sealed victory.

Despite the shock of going 1-0 down - the first time they had trailed at Anfield in the league in 364 days - Klopp's team responded in style to win 5-1.

"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".

There's a seven-point gap to reigning champions City before the top two sides face off at Etihad Stadium. That's the only goal that we have.

"I'm sure when we keep going like this we are going to be very successful".

"The same applied in my first season when I answered this question, 10 or 20 times, when people wondered about this guy, about what he believes, coming here and playing this way in England".

English Premier League: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
Premier League title is Liverpool's to lose

'Of course we hope that we win it but we know how hard it is and we know two teams (City and Tottenham), probably even more, are right behind us and causing us all sorts of problems. "He was attacking him a bit, but I wanted to say he didn't dive", the Dutch defender said after the game.

'They also took advantage of us being open for the first goal so we have to look at the goal because it was not good enough. "You can lose two, and three, and four, five".

"But Tottenham [in third] will be looking to capitalise as well because we both play each other, so both of us can't pick up full points. We can not play that game and we don't".

Ilkay Gundoguan put Man City ahead just before the half-hour mark, but the visitors at the Etihad would score the next three, including THAT goal from Andros Townsend, a strike that will be tough to beat for Goal of the Season.

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

Asked how his side will tackle the Liverpool match he added: "The same as always, we want to win".

"In the end for us it's not really important where we stand because we want to win games and we want to win games until the end". This loss we can use to be better.

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