Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has played down his side’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
Guardiola’s side lost their unbeaten run in the league after going on a run of 22 games without defeat.
“Our first defeat. The bad news is we lost so congratulations to Liverpool for their performance,” Guardiola said in his post-match interview.
“We knew what a good team they are. We were not precise with the ball and started with problems but we recovered as well. The only action we had then we conceded a goal, and then we lost a bit of control. We were not as stable. Then after that it was difficult as we conceded too many goals in five or 10 minutes.
“We tried and now we recover. People asked if everything was over and done before Christmas and now it’s January and it’s not. We have a lot of games to win to be champions and will try for the next game against Newcastle.
“We have to learn. We have a young team in many places. We conceded a goal from Firmino when we were the better side but they can punish you when you make a mistake. They have the quality to run and make fast counter attacks.
“We’ve won a lot of games in the last minute but to concede four goals is not good. You have to live this type of situation during a season.
“I’ve won a lot of titles and always I’ve dropped points and lost games. It’s normal. Every team fights for the Champions League, to win the league or to stay up. We have a lot of games and hopefully we can stay fit in the schedule of games every three days. But to lose a game is absolutely normal.”
City still top the league standing on 62 points, 15 points clear of second-place Manchester United who have a game in hand.