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Rodri: "Manchester City have not given up on the Premier League title race yet"

Rodri says Liverpool are the best side he has faced but Manchester City, who trail Jürgen Klopp's side by 14 points, "will fight until the very end".

Liverpool best team I have faced but Manchester City will not quit, says Rodri

Spanish midfielder Rodri has admitted that Liverpool are by far the best team he has faced in the Premier League but warned that his team, defending champions Manchester City will not give up their title without a fight. Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool have opened a 14-point gap on City, who have already dropped as many points this season as they did during  the whole of 2018-19 campaign when the Reds finished just one point behind them.

Rodri praises aggressive Liverpool

Third-placed City head to Arsenal on Sunday for their next league outing and Rodri, who has made 14 top flight appearances this season, has urged his team-mates to focus on the task at hand. The Spain international, who played a full part in last month's 3-1 defeat at Anfield, told Goal: "On an individual basis I can say that Liverpool are the best team I have faced. They dominate at both ends of the field and are very aggressive. They dominate the lines well and that makes them a fearsome team. They are very good, but anyone can beat them so we are going to fight until the end. I don't know if the goal is to beat Liverpool, who are European champions, as I think you always have to focus on yourself. If we focus on Liverpool too much we are wrong. We would better looking at ourselves and play as we did at Atlético under Simeone, game by game. You can't stop competing and that's what Guardiola instils in us every day, that every game is a final."

Simeone and Guardiola "are winners" says Rodri

Rodri spent one season with Simeone at Atlético de Madrid prior to making a 70 million euro switch to the Etihad Stadium, where he is working under Guardiola. Asked how the two coaches compare, Rodri said both have the characteristics of "winners" and added: "Simeone is consistency and perseverance. Guardiola is innovative, growing day by day."