Manchester City vs Liverpool: Xherdan Shaqiri insists Reds’ focus is on winning Premier League game, not destroying City title hopes
Xherdan Shaqiri says Liverpool are not viewing the Manchester City game as a chance to knock their rivals out of the Premier League title race.
The two sides meet each other on 3 January, with the Reds seven points clear at the top of the table.
No team has ever failed to win the English top flight with such a lead coming into the new year before, but summer signing Shaqiri said the focus is simply on winning another league match.
“No, for us we don’t go there to take Man City out of the race, we go there for a Premier League game,” he explained.
“We go there to make a good performance. That’s the only goal that we have. There are not other things in our minds at the moment. We just have to keep going, to work hard every day in training to win games. I’m sure when we keep going like this we are going to be very successful.
“Of course they’re going to come after us and try to win, to grab three points. It’s going to be a very interesting game, a good game. We’re looking forward to this game to go and make a very good performance. We’re also confident to try to win the game.”
Liverpool have only won one of their last nine league visits to the Etihad Stadium, drawing three and losing five, with the win being a 4-1 triumph in Jurgen Klopp’s first away game against City as Anfield manager. They have conceded 20 goals in those nine away games.
“When you are first in the table everyone comes after you, everyone wants to beat you, so every game is very tough. We just have to keep going, to stay at the highest level,” Shaqiri added.
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Man City manager Pep Guardiola has done his best to put pressure on Liverpool by saying they are the best team in the world right now.
“With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be almost impossible,” he said.
“Of course they are going to drop points but not too many. If you want to be there as far as possible until the end, we have to remember what happened last season, and this as well, apart from the last few days.
“We won a lot of games but unfortunately we lost two and we have a rival who at the moment is the best team in Europe, or in the world.”
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