Kyle Walker felt Manchester Metropolis had moved a small step nearer to retaining their Premier League title after Sunday’s pulsating 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
The champions didn’t land a telling blow on their rivals because the Reds twice got here from behind in an exhilarating conflict between the competitors’s high two sides on the Etihad Stadium.
But in avoiding defeat Metropolis at the least maintained their slender one-point benefit on the high of the desk and, with seven video games remaining, their future stays of their palms.
Proper-back Walker stated: “In fact we wish to win each recreation, particularly when folks come to our personal patch, however it’s essential to not lose the sport.
“We will’t lose a recreation (like this) after which be trailing them as a result of good groups like them don’t drop too many factors. You are taking a degree, you progress on they usually’ve nonetheless obtained to catch us. I really feel that it’s a step in the precise course.
“It’s in our palms, we’re nonetheless high of the Premier League. That’s an essential message we have to maintain onto and take into the following couple of video games, that are essential.”
The much-hyped contest lived as much as its billing as Kevin De Bruyne and Diogo Jota traded objectives contained in the opening 13 minutes.
Gabriel Jesus restored Metropolis’s lead earlier than the break however Sadio Mane levelled once more simply 47 seconds into the second half.
Each side had probabilities to win it however Metropolis had one of the best of them. Raheem Sterling had a strike dominated out after a really tight offside determination by VAR earlier than Riyad Mahrez hit the put up late on and chipped over from one other gilt-edged alternative in damage time.
“I feel the supervisor obtained the ways and the sport plan spot on however it’s a kind of video games,” stated Walker. “The toughest job in soccer is placing the ball at the back of the online. Typically it comes off and generally it doesn’t.
“Now we simply should ensure that come the season we’re nonetheless high of the league and we’re lifting that Premier League title that all of us need.”
Metropolis usually are not in league motion once more till they host Brighton on April 20.
Earlier than that they journey to Spain for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final towards Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after which face Liverpool once more, within the FA Cup semi-finals, subsequent Saturday.
“These are the video games that you simply wish to be concerned in,” stated Walker. “It’s thrilling.”