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Ilkay Gundogan talks about Liverpool title pursuit

Ilkay Gundogan says Liverpool’s relentless pursuit of Manchester City in the Premier League title race is “not a situation that we’re not used to”.

On Saturday, the City was beaten 3-2 by Tottenham in a classic encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

Harry Kane netted an injury-time winner shortly after Riyad Mahrez’s penalty had seemingly earned the hosts a point.

Liverpool’s come-from-behind 3-1 triumph over Norwich City means the Reds are six points back of leaders City, with a game in hand over the reigning champions.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has racked up five straight league wins and suffered just one top-flight defeat in their past 14, while they still have to visit their rivals early in April.

For midfielder Gundogan, the thrilling tussle is just part and parcel of what has become the norm over recent seasons.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “It’s not a situation that we’re not used to.

“We know from recent years that Liverpool is always contenders. They’re always up there.

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“We know they’ll try everything to make our lives as difficult as possible.

“The good thing is that they still need to come here to the Etihad, but there are still many games to go.”

Gundogan had already levelled from Dejan Kulusevski’s opener before Kane – a City transfer target before the season – put Spurs back ahead just before the hour.

Mahrez’s thumping spot-kick in additional time looked certain to have clinched City a point before Kane’s dramatic late intervention.

“We kind of thought we’d rescued it,” Ilkay Gundogan conceded.

“If you look at the whole game, we deserved to win. But football is sometimes crazy, and we make easy mistakes.

“We gave them the ball to have possibilities to counter, which made us lose the game.

“They were also ruthless in their finishing upfront. We had a lot of chances and the possibility to score a few more goals, but we gave them the chances they had too quickly.

“It didn’t feel like a bad game from us. They defended so deep, particularly towards the end of the first half. It’s not so easy.

“Sometimes you have this kind of game, and you need to learn from it. It’s a wake-up call for us. There’s still a long way to go.”

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