Pep Guardiola makes Champions League vow after Man City lose further Liverpool ground

“A frustrating first half of the season. Nobody expected us to be this far away from Liverpool at this halfway point. We have to continue now.

“We know that winning the title is very complicated. I wouldn’t say impossible but very difficult.”

City are now set for another difficult encounter on Sunday as they will face Sheffield United at the Etihad.

Guardiola’s side will then host Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton at home on New Year’s Day.

They are then set for action in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup where they will take on Port Vale and Manchester United respectively.