"Liverpool are, at the moment, maybe the best team in Europe, or the world, so we were happy we could beat them".
It was nearly as if City had won the Premier League trophy itself at the final whistle with the celebrations - which included the injured Benjamin Mendy running onto the pitch to embrace hero Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City suffered three defeats in four Premier League games in December before meeting Liverpool, and their poor performances were rightly a cause of concern.
The match was marred with a fair share of controversies. If one will play on Monday, then it is all my responsibility.
That's according to The Sun, who say the 19-year-old may be shown the door this month. Stones said. "Those sort of things can change a game".
At this stage of the FA Cup last season Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo made plenty of changes to his regular line-up, including leaving the likes of Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Willy Boly completely out of his squad.
Wolves - January 7 - Express Sport predicts a 1-1 draw.
In 2016-17, for example, the vast majority of analysts foresaw a tight race between Manchester City and Manchester United: a classic Guardiola vs. Mourinho battle for the ages!
Virgil van Dijk claims Liverpool will "definitely" bounce back from defeat at Manchester City, with there "no reason for panic" in an ongoing Premier League title bid. 'Four points is going to be interesting for the rest of the season for both teams, ' Fernandinho said.
'They are really young so it is not about pushing them into a situation. "But how on Earth is that not a red card?"
Rafael Camacho of Liverpool and Tyias Browning of Everton in action during the PL2 game at Goodison Park on November 25, 2018 in Liverpool, England.
"If I was to put my money on one club for the league, it would be Liverpool", Van Gaal told The Mirror.
"We are going to play the next game like a final, knowing we will go through in the second most important competition in England, but I don't think about it too much".
For all their illustrious past, Liverpool haven't won the English league since 1990 and their most recent challenge, in 2014, ended with what many felt was a submission to pressure.
Nevertheless, Klopp will rotate his side to give game time to several players, including Mignolet in goal, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana in the midfield and Sturridge and Origi up front.
Under Jurgen Klopp's management, they are a much different and improved side now. "It is just the same if we had won", said the Scotland captain.