Philippe Coutinho says the pressure is on Manchester City, not Liverpool

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho believes the pressure is on Manchester City ahead of Sunday's meeting between the two sides.

The title race is hotting up as we enter the final weeks of the season, and Liverpool's incredible run of nine consecutive wins and 14 games unbeaten has catapulted them to the summit of the Premier League table, with many now making the Reds favourites to lift the title at the end of the season.

Spearheaded by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool have hit 90 goals this season - by far the most in the league, though Manchester City have scored 84, making themselves big title contenders, and it's arguably the biggest game of the season on Sunday as the two sides lock horns at Anfield.

Many believe that the winner will eventually go on to win the Premier League title next month, and Liverpool's Brazilian star Coutinho insists that the pressure is on Manuel Pellegrini's Blues as they were considered a favourite to win the league from the very beginning of the season, whereas Liverpool have arrived into the race late on.

"There might be more pressure on City but the Liverpool players are not thinking about pressure or external factors in these last five matches," Coutinho said. "We know that City were considered one of the favourites from the start and that they have a couple of games in hand but we are just trying to focus on one game at a time.

"The players know that these final five matches are very important and will be decisive matches for us. We will fight and do our best on the pitch to achieve the objective of winning the league. Sunday is a very important game."

"I know that City are a very nice side and they have really good players, especially from the middle going forward, but we have very good players as well.

"It will be very equal match between us and we will be pushing all the time with our fans right behind us. Everyone is happy at the club. We are all looking forward to these matches, we are all proud of what we are doing at the moment."

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