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The Argentinian said: "The same that he said in the press conference he said to us".

"So, to be a coach and see your team play this way, it is going to be magnificent to see".

His pride came less from the result than "the spirit, the way we played".

"We have to win the next game to be in those kind of positions and fight until the end because it is going to be a really hard run".

But the Reds seem to come alive against the bigger teams, having racked up 20 points in the mini-league being fought out by six sides at the top of the table, with their draw against Manchester City on Sunday their last encounter with top six opposition for this campaign.

That City avoided defeat also owed much to an alert defensive display by oft-criticised centre-back John Stones, who produced two important blocks either side of half-time.

City fell behind to a James Milner penalty in the 51st minute after Gael Clichy was adjudged to have bundled over Liverpool's Roberto Firmino.

Oliver booked both Clichy and his Spanish team-mate David Silva - who was the most forthright in protesting - after awarding the penalty.

"You would rather the problem were this way round rather than struggling to get points against the top teams", said Lallana. "The decision of the referee we can say nothing", Caballero, who saved three Liverpool penalties in City's Capital One Cup victory last season, said.

"I didn't see [anything]". Then it just took a bounce in front of me.

While Everton are perceived to be the front-runners at this stage, the Reds may be able to offer the prospect of Champions League football depending on how they fare between now and the end of the season. "Why? Because we lived through a tough two days after being out of the Champions League with our mood at what happened in Monaco".

"We have witnessed first-hand the passion and support for the club in the United States in recent years, so naturally it is something that everybody is very much looking forward to this summer".

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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