A goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday meant the pair, along with Chelsea, are level on 20 points at the top of the table with Pep Guardiola's side edging ahead courtesy of superior goal difference. Every team in the Premier League wants that, but it's only for a few of them.
'Without Hazard they don't have as much threat. It's true under a new manager and management they may not look as unsafe as City or Liverpool but surely they will be the dark horses or will at least make the opposition team tremendously hard to get the 3 points this season.
"They [City] can make so many changes and they are still so strong".
"In my opinion, along with Craig [Bellamy], I don't know how many teams there will be in the title race".
Liverpool are nine points better off than at the same stage last season, and Van Dijk remains satisfied, if not complacent.
There is confidence around Anfield after the team matched City and second place Chelsea, who have both had easier runs over the same period.
"I think both sides had phases in the game where they had better possession and obviously they had the penalty at the end but sometimes you need that bit of luck and we got it. Against a very good team we managed to do that".
"Absolutely", Metro UK quoted Klopp as saying when asked which team can challenge Man City and Liverpool for this season's Premier League title.
"At the end we need to be happy - I need to be happy - that we didn't lose it because of the penalty".
"If it is an open game at Anfield you don't even have a one-percent chance", said Guardiola.
"I was just hoping Alisson got a hand to it or he missed and that was the case". If would have defended today like we did against Napoli, it is 7-0.
"We aim to improve every game and we want to win every game".
It was particularly tough to take for Jesus, who was keen to take the penalty only to be ushered away by Mahrez, who has missed five of his past eight penalties. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season and we compete really really good.