It was a far from inspired performance from City at Goodison Park, but goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus ensured they knocked Liverpool out of pole position on goal difference.

Following the 2-0 win over Everton, Pep Guardiola has now insisted Manchester City are determined to win their title fight with Liverpool as the champions returned to the top of the table on Wednesday.

Liverpool had occupied first place since December 8, but now the pressure is on Jurgen Klopp's side just five weeks after they could have moved 10 points clear of City.

With Liverpool showing signs of nerves after two successive draws damaged their bid for a first English title since 1990, City took advantage in a fixture which was brought forward due to their League Cup final date with Chelsea later this month.

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It was a crucial victory and City manager Guardiola claimed his players have no intention of letting Liverpool off the hook now.

"We come from champions and we are in a situation where we could have given up but it didn't happen," Guardiola said.

"We gave an incredible game against Liverpool. These players have shown incredible desire and performances for the last two years. How could I question them?

"We have played one more game. but it's the best we can do. The reality is one month ago we could have been 10 points behind when we played Liverpool.

"A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league. That is the best advice, the lesson is - never give up.

"That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately."

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