Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Manchester City some fighting talk as Manchester United look to push them all the way in the Premier League title race.
It comes after Jurgen Klopp's admission that Liverpool's title defence has failed this season following another loss at the weekend.
United failed to keep the pace up after a poor 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
City, on the other hand, are starting to peel away after beating Tottenham on Saturday – a 16th win in a row in all competitions.
It means Pep Guardiola's men are seven points ahead of the Red Devils with a game in hand.
But Solskjaer has insisted that they are not out of the race just yet and intend on going the distance.
He said after the draw against West From: "I said we shouldn't be talked about [in the title race].
"A compliment for the boys we got into position we are now.
"We won't let them [Manchester City] run away with it – we're playing them soon.
"We're not giving it away early – no we're not."
That is a stark contest to Klopp's comments, who sounded resigned to Liverpool's faltering title defence.
Asked if he is conceding the title this season, the German said: "Yes. I can't believe, but yes."
"I don't think we can close that gap this year. We have to win football games. Today was really good in parts. We have to avoid mistakes and misunderstanding.
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"We have to make steps, to perform again and results are related to that.
"We are good enough to win it (the title), for long periods, but not until the end."
It comes after Liverpool's loss to Leicester on Saturday, which saw the Reds drop 13 points behind City at the top.
For the champions, it has been a disastrous start to 2021 – who have also lost three matches at Anfield in a row for the first time in Premier League history.
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