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Fernandinho insists Manchester City have to ignore Liverpool

Fernandinho insists City have to ignore Liverpool
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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho says that his team cannot let themselves think about catching Liverpool for the moment.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has insisted that his team currently have to forget about Liverpool and solely focus on catching Leicester City in the Premier League table.

The Citizens edged a spectacular title race with Liverpool last season but are currently 17 points behind Jurgen Klopp's table-toppers ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal.

City are seven points off second-placed Leicester, meanwhile, and Fernandinho has said that his side have to concentrate on overtaking the Foxes before even thinking about a title charge.

"It's been really tough, really hard for us," Goal.com quotes Fernandinho as saying. "I would have preferred to be closer to Liverpool. Maybe we thought after four titles one season, we believed something we are not. The reality of sport is to make you [win] again and again. Sometimes you have to live it.

"There isn't a thought in my mind about Liverpool. It is far away. First, we have to think about [second-place] Leicester. It helps Liverpool that they haven't won this trophy for a long time. They will smell it now."

An injury to Aymeric Laporte, coupled with Vincent Kompany's summer exit, has seen Fernandinho pressed into action in central defence over the last couple of months.

City will follow Sunday's trip to Arsenal with an EFL cup clash against Oxford United before ending 2019 with league fixtures against Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2566133043-1324
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418

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