Manuel Pellegrini: Man City’s trip to Liverpool won’t decide title

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini doesn't believe their clash against Liverpool will decide the Premier League title race

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Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t believe Manchester City’s clash against leaders Liverpool will decide the Premier League title race.

The Citizens moved to within a point of Brendan Rogers’s side ahead of their trip to Anfield next weekend following an emphatic win against Southampton.

Liverpool can restore their four-point advantage at the top of the table if the Reds beat West Ham United at Upton Park in Sunday’s late kick-off.

“Now we have an important game against Liverpool,” Pellegrini told BT Sport.

“They have to play tomorrow and we will see what happens.”

He continued: “We have a lot of time to prepare during the week, so it is an important game but I don’t think it will decide the Premier League.

“After that, we have to play six games more and Liverpool have to play four games more.

“It is an important game and we start thinking about it next week.”

Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany called on the Citizens to replicate their 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the title run-in in 2012.

“It’s going to be an important week, build-up,” said Kompany.

“Two years ago we had to play Manchester United with three games to go and it was a lot tighter than it is now.

“It is a big game but we’ve played those type of games before and we’ll just try to prepare as best we can.”

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