​​Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that it is not just up to his midfield trident to help the team reduce the deficit to Liverpool, and said that it would require a collective effort from the team.

Kevin De Bruyne made a return to the first team in the Premier League in their shock loss to Newcastle United, but the fans will be hoping that the midfield trio, along with Fernandinho and David Silva, can bring the same kind of effectiveness they did last season.

Guardiola has insisted that the three players would not be enough to reel in Liverpool, but it would require a collective effort from the entire team if they are to have any chance.

“All the players play at a high level when the team is playing good, not for one single reason,” he said, according to ​Goal.

“What we have to do is play good and when our game is good then the potential of individual players will increase.” 

“It’s the same with the questions about Kevin,” he said.

“The team, the way they play – potential, individuals – I don’t change one player of 33 years old [Fernandinho] because three months later they are older.

“The team’s potential, the way we play in the individual actions…I don’t expect as a manager to take all decisions and solve our problems. Our problems must be solved collectively.” 

It remains to be seen if Manchester City can claw back the five point deficit they have to Liverpool, but first they will need to make sure they don’t drop any points against Arsenal.

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