Kevin De Bruyne a doubt for Liverpool game

Manchester City's French defender Aymeric Laporte throws his shirt into the crowd after the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton southern England

Manchester City's French defender Aymeric Laporte throws his shirt into the crowd after the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton southern England

But the visitors responded with a James Ward-Prowse own goal before Zinchenko made amends for his error by setting up Sergio Aguero for a header on the stroke of half-time.

And while it would be a huge statement to inflict a fourth defeat of the campaign on City and leave them trailing by 10 points, Shaqiri said the equation was not in their thoughts.

Speaking ahead of the game, Guardiola insisted his side have done well so far this season, whilst attempting to shy away from any comparisons with Liverpool.

The Premier League's top two face off at the Etihad Stadium on Friday with Pep Guardiola's defending champions trailing by seven points.

Riyad Mahrez nearly added a brilliant second after City had broken from inside their own area but, after advancing towards Southampton box, his finish was curled narrowly wide.

DF Danilo, 7 - Benefitted from a rare second successive start and offered plenty of threat raiding down the right wing.

England star Dele Alli was suspended for one match a year ago for a "offensive and unsporting" gesture during a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. He was given a couple of problem moments from Austin.

DF Oleksander Zinchenko, 5 - disgusting moment for Southampton's goal and could have given away a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Ward-Prowse. However, they have suffered defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City in December, leaving them lingering in third place behind Tottenham.

Having adapted roles from his regular No. 9 duty to a deeper, attacking midfield berth this season, with Mohamed Salah moving up top, perceptions of Firmino's form have been mixed.

"Of course they are going to drop points, but not too many". We missed a lot of chances. His first Premier League goal in six weeks.

The striker was booked in the second half and then booed by the travelling support as he jogged off the pitch ten minutes later.

FW Gabriel Jesus, N/R - Didn't have much of an impact. The people all around us are buzzing and one guy has to run.

DF Kyle Walker, N/R - Allowed Guardiola to experiment with Danilo in holding midfield role.

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