"On and off the pitch it is about the Liverpool family and nobody else, especially on days like today when we need our opponent to feel the power of Anfield". Two of those, Nathaniel Clyne and Dominic Solanke, made the move to the south coast just last month, the former signing on loan and the latter joining the Cherries in a £19 million deal.
"We can not speak too much about that in public because it always sounds like we go for excuses, but we are not. We will win football games". We will work on that.
That pressure could soon be back on as City have the chance to reclaim top spot when they host Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, though Liverpool will be sunning themselves on a Spanish training camp by then.
"He had diarrhoea and vomiting two nights earlier so couldn't come to the team hotel", said manager Jurgen Klopp. In six matches since, they've dropped seven points from 18 on offer and shipped eight goals, keeping just a solitary clean sheet in a nervy 1-0 win over Brighton. "How many? We will see". Indeed, you could say that about their last two games, with a famous 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea followed by a tame 2-0 defeat away to Cardiff.
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"I expect Guardiola's team, they want always to be in control of the match, they want always ball possession".
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"The character and mentality of these boys is the only reason we are where we are".
"I don't care what stage of the season it is, if you are concentrating on playing a game, you are going to be a bit nervous".
The Senegal global headed home at the near post following a James Milner cross after Bournemouth had failed to clear a corner.
"We put him in the Champions League squad as we think there's the chance for him to play". "We are not at that point in the moment". "[It is] half a yard offside".
It is the sort of goal likely to be ruled out by VAR next season - something Howe is looking forward to. Not only Fernandinho but also [Kevin] De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva. technically I think they are the best midfield in Europe at the moment, so I think it will really be very hard to be in control of the match.
"Media is a big part of the world - and of course, they have got to have things to talk about - so part of me is not surprised that it [Liverpool's form] is a talking point from the outside, but there are times during the season - and in lots of walks of life - when we've got to block the noise out and come together".