Kompany issues rallying cry ahead of Liverpool test.

Manchester City returned to winning ways at Southampton. (PA)

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany hailed his side after they bounced back from successive defeats in the Premier League to seal a 3-1 win over Southampton at the St Mary's.

Pep Guardiola’s men, who host league leaders Liverpool on Thursday, broke the deadlock in the 10th minute via David Silva before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - who was later sent off - levelled for the Saints 27 minutes later.

City then took the lead again through a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and Sergio Aguero wrapped up the win with a close-range header at the brink of half-time, sending the champions back to second spot. However, the City captain hopes they give their all to seal three points when Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to the Etihad. 

"The performance was excellent we looked aggressive in retrieving the ball," he said as mancity.com quoted.

"We shouldn't focus too much on points at the moment, we know if we can play to our potential we know we are a good team. 

"Our pride has been hurt over the last few weeks but we have everything to play for and it depends on us.

"[Liverpool] is one of those key games you live for. Every living soul that comes into the stadium on Thursday has to be ready to fight and give it to them, and we should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game."

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  • Manchester City have won five consecutive Premier League games against Southampton for the first time.

  • Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 competitive matches - their longest streak since a run of 10 ending in February 2015.

  • Man City's Bernardo Silva has been directly involved in 10 goals in 19 Premier League games this season (5 goals, 5 assists), equalling his total in 2017-18 in 35 games (6 goals, 4 assists).

  • Man City's Sergio Aguero has scored 50 Premier League goals under Pep Guardiola, 16 more than any other player has for the club under the Spaniard.

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