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We will pounce on any slip-ups – Pellegrini

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Mark Ogden

Manuel Pellegrini claimed Liverpool must equal a Premier League-winning streak of 14 to land the title after insisting Manchester City are ready to capitalise on any slip to clinch a second championship in three seasons.

City are now seven points adrift of Brendan Rodgers' team with two games in hand. If Liverpool win all their four remaining games they will win their first title in 24 years and equal Arsenal's record of 14 successive Premier League victories.

But having seen his players fight back from 2-0 down to level the game prior to Philippe Coutinho's late winner, Pellegrini insisted that Liverpool must still prove their credentials.

"I said before the game that this is not the end of the Premier League," Pellegrini said.

"Liverpool now have to play again and if they win four more games and end up winning 14 straight games, then maybe they deserve to win the title. But we are going to continue fighting until the end.

"Chelsea and Liverpool still have to play each other, so nothing has finished today and we will fight until the end. A lot of things will happen between now and the end of the season."

City's defeat ended controversially, with referee Mark Clattenburg failing to award a penalty for an injury-time handball by Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, but the former Real Madrid coach insisted: "Yes, the Skrtel incident was a very clear penalty, but I don't want to talk about the referee.

"I don't think that the result was about the work of the referee." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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