Manchester City duo Aguero, Guardiola win Premier League monthly awards

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Defender Andrew Robertson welcomed a return to Liverpool’s ruthlessness in front of goal

"There's only Manchester City and Liverpool that are potentially going to win the Premier League". The goalless game means that for the first time since 7 December Liverpool are off the top having played the same number of matches.

Pep Guardiola's side is among the favourites for the title but needs to complete the job when Schalke visits Manchester for the return game on Tuesday. When they won the first title of their money-flushed reincarnation, it famously came down to the last kick - Agüerooooo - on the last day of the 2011-12 season.

"We are hard to beat, which is very important in football".

"[There were] so many unexpected results. I saw it as a help rather than a hindrance". We have to be really good to beat this team.

Prior to losing each of their last two games, the Clarets were on an eight-match unbeaten run in the Premier League which included drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford - where they were 2-0 up - on January 29 and beating Spurs 2-1 at home two weeks ago.

"You have to be very focused, be very careful with set pieces and on all the small details".

The former Norway striker appears to have arrived toting a magic wand and his spell in charge reached new levels of wonder on Wednesday when United beat Paris St Germain 3-1 away to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"Special motivation? Of course", Aguero added. I don't think for one minute that a Dyche side can ever be complacent, but perhaps that defeat shocked the players into realising that we were in a struggle and that the "strong jaw" we are famous for had to be found. And it's where I started my career in Europe.

"I always want to be better".

Aguero knows more than most that the race for the Premier League title can go right down to the wire, having hit a dramatic late victor to seal the crown in 2012.

"I thought Jamie Carragher was a stonewall [certainty] at one point, given his knowledge of the game, but I got that wrong", he said.

"I'll feel sorry for whoever doesn't because in any other year the second team would've won the Premier League by maybe 10 points". "There are some exceptions like what happened last season when we won the league a month and a half before the end".

"We are all under different circumstances and that's all but I don't think there is anything to regret and I have no bad feelings about this". "So it's mixed bag, but inevitably you have to keep getting points on the table and we didn't do that".

"There is a lot to come and a lot of games to play".

The defender has been the reason for Liverpool conceding fewer goals than any other side this season, and Van Dijk's performances have seen him be in the reckoning for PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season.

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