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Kyle Walker reveals City masterplan to beat Liverpool to title and what made Man Utd win extra sweet

Kyle Walker tangles with Fred during Manchester City's win over Manchester United in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker says taking out revenge on Manchester United was sweet but they cannot take the foot off the gas as the title race with Liverpool hots up.

City put their arch rivals to the sword on Sunday with a convincing 4-1 win. The victory keeps City top of the Premier League, six points ahead of Liverpool, who have played a game less. United remain in fifth and Walker was happy to put a dent in their top-four hopes.

Indeed he was delighted to take out revenge on the Reds who have enjoyed some big wins at the Etihad. It has been a happy hunting ground for United who had won five out of their previous seven trips.

Any win against Manchester United is special for City, but Walker admits this one had more meaning. City “owed” United one and put them to the sword in devastating fashion.

“I think this season especially, it feels extra special,” Walker told the Mirror. “We’ve found it difficult when they’ve come here in recent years. They’ve turned us over.

“We could have won the title one season and Paul Pogba scored a late goal, so I think we owed them one and we did it in style. It was an important victory. I think every game from now until the end of the season is a cup final.”

Huge win over Man Utd

The win against United was another big step towards winning the title. However Walker is well aware they need to keep to picking up the wins week in, week out.

Liverpool are breathing down their necks and will take the fight to the death. And in a slight jibe at United Walker suggested it was nice to have some competition in the title race. Something United have not managed to provide for some time now.

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“It’s exciting, it’s good for the English game and it’s what the fans pay a lot of good money to come and see,” Walker added.

City and Liverpool went head-to-head for the title in 2019. Pep Guardiola’s men won it by a point, and Walker sees the similarities in 2022.

Liverpool fought out a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday and showed they have the stomach for the fight. Walker was impressed with the performance and says City’s masterplan is just to keep winning.

Kyle Walker thrives on pressure

And Walker believes City will thrive on the pressure of having Liverpool on their coattails.

“I watched Liverpool on Saturday and they’re a fantastic team with key men in very good areas,” Walker said.  “We just have to make sure that we do what we have to do and hopefully that will be enough.

“It’s football, I love playing under pressure and I feel like that’s when we produce our best football, when our backs are against the ropes and we have got people breathing down our necks.”

City are back in Premier League action when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday. But next up is a Champions League showdown  with Sporting on Wednesday night.

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