A run of nine straight league wins had given Liverpool a commanding lead at the top of the table as they edged towards a first top flight title since 1989/90, particularly after City suffered back-to-back shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester to begin the festive season.
It was decided by the finest of margins but when it was over and City had prevailed, Guardiola sank into a chair and talked about what it meant for the rest of the season.
"It doesn't change anything".
"They have to keep up, but we also have to keep up".
We knew that if we lost it would nearly be over because 10 points is a lot.
"We will fight right to the death".
"You're seeing the money making a difference but in particular the men in charge are the ones who have these teams playing in a way that will bring European success or bring them very close".
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In the first half, Sadio Mane hit the post and then saw the rebound not cross the goal-line by just 11 millimetres, while Vincent Kompany was only booked for a shin-high challenge on Mohamed Salah which could easily have been a red card.
"If that goes in it might have been a completely different game". The Premier League in December and January is so tough and demanding for everybody so we are not special.
"We won games against them, especially since Pep, but in these games City were better".
"We will accept that and congratulate Manchester City - but the season is quite long and I believe in this team".
The Reds did not really get their passing and moving going to their usual standards, but that had a lot to do with how well City played.
Pep Guardiola has been warned by the Football Association over his behaviour, after the Manchester City manager launched into a touchline rant during the 2-1 victory against Liverpool.
"We are going to play the next game like a final, knowing we will go through in the second most important competition in England, but I don't think about it too much".
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