The transfer state of play at title rivals Liverpool as Man City boss makes big claim

Deadline day news from Man City's title rivals Liverpool.
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Deadline day is upon us and Premier League sides have until 11pm tonight to make any final additions to their squad ahead of the run-in to the season.

Manchester City and Manchester United are expected to be quiet in terms of incomings but with City battling for the title against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, how are there rivals shaping up?

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Will Rooney at our sister title LiverpoolWorld reports: "Even without Mo Salah because of a hamstring injury, Liverpool's attack continues to purr. Diogo Jota has stepped up magnificently in Salah's absence and the Egypt international will be back fit sooner rather than later.

"The fringe players who you'd expect to have left this month already have. Nat Phillips has gone back out on loan to Cardiff City and Calvin Ramsay has joined Bolton Wanderers having struggled at Preston in the first half of the campaign. The only other business that may be conducted is that some of the under-21s could depart. Mateusz Musiałowski has been linked with Championship duo Leeds United and Birmingham City, while young Reds captain Tom Hill admitted he'd be open to a loan."

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola has been speaking about Liverpool and their other title rivals. "When we won a lot of games in a row, we had that feeling that Liverpool would not drop points. Now we see that they are winning comfortably so we have to be ready.

"The players know it. We push each other and until the end we will try to do the same. It's not just three [teams in the title race], Tottenham and Aston Villa are still there. But my feeling when I see Arsenal playing is they control many aspects of the game. When you see Liverpool, every game they are better than the opponent. You can lose games but they are better. I know how strong they are but still we are there.

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"We are in February and there are a lot of games, especially with this Liverpool that we have faced for eight years and Arsenal with Mikel who has settled his squad I don't have the feeling that they're going to drop much points as we have to win as many games as possible and at the end we will see what happens."

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