Guardiola confessed of his uncertainty for City to catch up with Liverpool. Guardiola is not sure if his side can overcome a nine-point deficit and catch up with the league leaders in the title race.

City is aiming to become the first side since Manchester United in 2009 to win three consecutive titles. However, this might not come to pass since the club sits fourth in the Premier League table.

“I am not a magician. I don’t know the future.” Said Guardiola.

“We have Chelsea at home next. We will try to beat them.”

City is now in a not dissimilar position to last term when the Reds opened up a 100point lead over Guardiola’s side after 20 games which included a victory over the Reds at Etihad Stadium.

The pivotal moment in that game came through a dramatic goal-line clearance by John Stones.

But City was on the wrong side of a match. The club defined moments on this occasion when they were convinced, they deserved a penalty for Trent Alexander-Arnold handball moments.

Guardiola appeared visibly upset by the decision to allow the goal, suggesting any questions about it should be put to Mike Riley.

City manager offered no comment on the incident beyond saying, “Ask Mike Riley and his people please.”

“Congratulations to Liverpool, they scored three we got one. But I’m so proud of my team, few teams can come here and play the way they did.”

He added, “We started incredibly well and showed incredible bravery. They are the champions of Europe and it is the most difficult stadium in the world. We played like back-to-back champions.”

“We cannot deny how good Liverpool are but the way we played, the personality, it was good.”