Guardiola believes Manchester City must beat Liverpool to maintain title bid.

Guardiola: "If we drop points then it is over."

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says their next Premier League game against Liverpool will be like a final.

The former Barca and Bayern Munich coach is convinced his side must beat Liverpool on Thursday night in order to maintain their hunt for the Premier League title.

"With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be almost impossible," he said in his post-match press conference.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino after Arsenal win. (Getty)

"Of course they are going to drop points but not too many. If you want to be there as far as possible until the end we have to remember what happened last season, and this as well, apart from the last few days.

"We never forget who we are. Sometimes you have to kick your face, be a little bit stubborn and ask 'guys, what happened?'.

"Maybe I'm wrong but all players everywhere want to do well. Sometimes you need to realise that wanting to do well is not enough. You have to try it again."

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