Aguero believes City can close the gap on Liverpool
Manchester City play host to Liverpool in a top of the table clash on Thursday night and Argentine talisman Sergio Aguero is confident that his team can close the gap on league leaders Liverpool.
Manchester City were atop the standings at the start of December but their sudden dip in form has dealt a huge blow to their hopes of retaining the Premier League title. City’s unbeaten run was ended by Chelsea before defensive debacles against Crystal Palace and Leicester City saw the Citizens lose further ground on Liverpool.
Liverpool are the only team who are yet to be beaten in the Premier League and Jurgen Klopp’s men have won each of their last nine games, with their most recent success being the 5-1 whitewash of Arsenal.
However, Aguero, who scored City’s last goal in the 3-1 humbling of Southampton last week, believes that three or four teams are still in with a chance of winning the title and has pointed to the unpredictability of the Premier League.
“There’s no denying it is a huge game for both clubs,” the Argentina international told City’s official website. “Direct clashes between leading teams have a major impact towards the end of the season.
“December didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to and now we’ve got more ground to make up so yes, that makes the game even more important.
“But we are only in January and there are still plenty of Premier League games ahead of us and from the looks of it, there are three or four teams angling to win the title. It’s going to come down to the wire.
“Of course, we knew repeating last year’s success wouldn’t be a simple task but we always aim for excellence.”
Aguero is not surprised to see Liverpool challenging after witnessing their progress in recent years under the German.
“This season has shown, once more, that the Premier League is among the most competitive leagues in the world,” the 30-year-old said.
“Liverpool’s growth as a team can be tracked from a few years back. Their showing in the Champions League was a testament to that, and they are performing very well this Premier League season.
“But our focus should be on our own game. We are confident in our playing style and we believe it’s the most effective to lead us to victory.
“This is football after all though, and anything can happen, but we will play as we always play as it has served us so well.”