The loss meant Manchester City slipped further behind Premier League leaders Leicester City, with 10 points now separating the two teams.
City have lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since 2008, to leave their title hopes in jeopardy before Pellegrini makes way for Pep Guardiola this summer.
“We want to fight for the title of the Premier League and I’m sure all the players are thinking also about the Champions League of next year”. Remember the first season I was in charge here, we had to win our three games in hand and we did.
Villa, who appear doomed to relegation after another defeat in midweek left them eight points adrift of safety, could have a bearing on the title race in the coming weeks with a game against Tottenham Hotspur to follow their clash with City.
“We have experience under (Roberto) Mancini nearly four years ago and then (Manuel) Pellegrini two years ago, so I believe we can do it. We know it will be hard but we have to believe”.
Manchester United have drawn level on points with them and West Ham are just one point behind, but fortunately City still have one game in hand.
I am not thinking about the title and not thinking about trying to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. On Tuesday, Villa fell to Everton 1-3, and as fans exited Villa Park on the 74th minute, it seems as if there’s no saving one of the League’s oldest clubs. We didn’t play well.
This match though, was about more than just revenge for Liverpool, it was 90 minutes that will be a point of frustration to both City and Liverpool. We didn’t play well.
“And especially I think this year, more than others, you see the other results as well have been very hard to predict”. It is no news that City are underperforming, but a mere look at their roster suggests they should be able to pick up some momentum as the season draws closer to an end. [But] if I say that, you will put that City will not finish in the top four …
“We must concentrate, try not to make mistakes”.
Pellegrini, still without midfielders Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Kevin de Bruyne, is looking to end a run of three league defeats in a row.