Manchester City were given early worries, but returned to winning ways with a 1-3 rout of Southampton at St Mary's.
SOUTHAMPTON, England — Pep Guardiola says it will be "almost impossible" for Manchester City to defend their Premier League title if they don't beat Liverpool on Thursday.
City moved up to second and cut the gap on Liverpool to seven points when they recovered from back-to-back defeats to beat Southampton 3-1 at St Mary's.
The champions can reduce the advantage further when the two sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday and Guardiola said it is a must-win game.
"With the position of Liverpool,…