Guardiola hails 'incredible' players after Liverpool win.

Man City coach: 'Every game is like a final.'

Sergio Aguero celebrates.
Sergio Aguero celebrates. (Getty)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised his 'incredible players' after they sealed a 2-1 win over Liverpool to reignite the Premier League title race.

Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time with a sublime finish, but Roberto Firmino's header levelled for Liverpool nine minutes into the second-half.

Leroy Sane later proved the difference in the 78th minute when he collected Raheem Sterling's pass to fire across goalkeeper Alisson as the Citizens handed Jurgen Klopp's Reds their first defeat of the campaign.

Sane celebrates.
Sane celebrates. (Getty)

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match at the Etihad, Guardiola said: "I am proud of them, but not just today. We lost two games in four days but you can't forget what they have done for 16 months. We knew that it was a final today, if we lose it is almost over.

"All credit to these incredible players. That is how we have to play in the Champions League. Both teams tried to search for each other, we were not scared, we had no fear and we had a lot of pressure.

"They are leaders, it is four points but we have reduced the gap. We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier league, if we lose it is over.

"I don't remember a league so tough, there are so many huge contenders fighting for the title. Every game is a final."

Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Sergio Aguero has scored 37 Premier League goals for Man City in meetings between 'big six' clubs - 16 more than any other player.

While Roberto Firmino scored his 10th goal of the season for Liverpool in all competitions, registering double figures for the fourth consecutive season (11 in 2015-16, 12 in 2016-17, 27 in 2017-18).