Pablo Zabaleta says City started thinking about the trip to Liverpool the moment the final whistle went against Barcelona.
The Argentina international says there was no dwelling on the midweek loss to the Catalans with total concentration now on Sunday’s visit to Anfield.
“It is important that you rest properly in-between games and focus on the next game which is Liverpool on Sunday,” said Zabaleta.
“We know how crucial the game is and Liverpool are playing very well at the moment, even though they lost to Besiktas on Thursday evening.”
City haven’t won away to Liverpool since May 2003 losing seven and drawing five of the 12 matches since then – and Zabaleta believes it’s time the champions ended that dismal run at what will be the thirteenth attempt
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“It’s always been a tough place for us to go but hopefully we can get the three points we need and take advantage of Chelsea playing in the Capital One Cup final,” he said.
“We have been strong away from home all season and we must continue that form until the end of the season.”
Zabaleta admits that last season’s dramatic 3-2 loss at Anfield was hard to take at that time with both clubs vying for the title.
A late Philippe Coutinho goal looked to have given the Merseysiders a decisive lead in the race for the Premier League crown before the Blues came up on the rails to snatch glory away from Brendan Rodgers’ side on the final day of the campaign.
“It was really hard because we had fought back from two goals down so to lose the game so late on was difficult,” he said.
“But we showed great team spirit and had a great reaction after that defeat and that’s why we won the title.
“We will go there to win but are expecting a tough 90 minutes but we can close the gap at the top to just two points so this is a huge game for us.”
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Midweek football is back at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday as City face Leicester in the Barclays Premier League.
With City aiming for a third Premier League title in four years and Leicester looking to climb off the bottom of the table, this is sure to be an unmissable clash.
There's also a chance you'll see our new signing Wilfried Bony in action - will this be the night he scores his first City goal? The game isn't being televised in the UK, so there's only one way to find out!
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