Man City beat Southampton to end slide, move up to second place

English Premier League: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

It's two good teams going at it, and we look forward to it. Then you go to Southampton, they're settling for a draw and end up winning the game, go to Liverpool and it was same-old, same-old.

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

"I'm protecting my team-mates and that's normal, that's how everyone should react and that's what we all need to do, to back each other".

After Saturday's thumping 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield, Robertson admitted that the Liverpool dressing-room would sometimes speak about City's dominance during last season.

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He also knows the magnitude of the task facing his side and wants his players to know they can't assume City are there for the taking.

"We're not here to send a message, Liverpool know what they have to do, we know what we have to do next Thursday".

Since his transfer to Manchester United from Torino in 2015, Matteo Damian has been able to score just one league goal for the Red Devils. If we have a full squad, all players available, then the preparation is a joy. They were very hard to beat. The distance is big but they are coming to our home.

"Today for us it's a clear example that if we are not consistent enough, with not only good quality during the game, and the right energy, it's hard to compete for big things", said a disappointed Mauricio Pochettino.

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Merson feels it was the "same-old, same-old" Arsenal on show at the weekend and says he doesn't know what's changed since Unai Emery took charge as he believes we could have lost half of our games during the unbeaten run.

Tottenham surrendered the chance to establish themselves as Liverpool FC's closest rivals in the Premier League title race after having scored 11 times in two games.

Asked how his side will tackle the Liverpool match he added: "The same as always, we want to win". Hazard has only had one 40-plus point game this season.

Defeat for the Premier League champions would leave them 10 points behind the visitors to the Etihad Stadium.

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"The red card was the worst moment of the evening; it hurts us a lot, it's a silly tackle when the game is gone. We need a good reaction from all the lads, that is what we will try to do at Southampton".

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