Reigning champions Manchester City are refusing to throw in the towel in their battle with Liverpool until the title race is mathematically over.

That's the defiant message from Kyle Walker after Pep Guardiola's side won 1-0 against Sheffield United to cut the Reds lead at the summit to 13 points – albeit with two games in hand.

City have won the Premier League for the past two seasons with record-breaking points hauls of 100 (2017/18) and 98 (2018/19) respectively to ensure Liverpool's best-ever total of 97 last term remained just short.

However, with Jurgen Klopp's men having won 21 of their 22 fixtures so far this term and remaining unbeaten in the process, City, who have been beaten five times already, have been well off the pace.

A 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane – with their all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero coming off the bench to grab the winner and centre-back Aymeric Laporte, described by Guardiola as the best left-sided centre-back in the world returning from injury to make his first start in 143 days – Walker insists that City aren't ready to relinquish their crown just yet.

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The England international, who was playing against his home city club where he started his career, is quoted by the MEN as saying: “I'm not going to say it’s over.

“I'm a professional, this is the job I love to do and I'll keep fighting until mathematically it's over.

“It's going to be a tough job, we know that. We are alive in all cups, so hopefully we can get some silverware at the end of the season.

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“Last year, we won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, so hopefully this year we can retain the titles as well.”