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The Citizens went into the game knowing that a defeat would leave them 10 points adrift of Liverpool at the top of the table, which would make it all the more difficult for them to defend their Premier League crown.
Liverpool, on the other hand, went into last week’s encounter at the Etihad knowing that a draw would do no harm to their title hopes as they were already seven points clear of the reigning champions.
However, it was Manchester City who managed to reinvigorate the title race with a 2-1 victory, bridging the gap to four points at the top of the table. Leroy Sane scored the winner after Sergio Aguero’s opener was cancelled out by Roberto Firmino’s equaliser in the second half.
And Ederson claims that there was no chance of anyone in the team playing down the gravity of the occasion.
“For us, it was a matter of life or death,” he told Sky Sports.
“We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.
“It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”