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Gabriel Jesus puts pressure on Liverpool title race

A brace from Gabriel Jesus proves Manchester City are not giving up their Premier League title without a fight as a 4-1 victory away at Burnley temporarily cut the gap on unbeaten leaders Liverpool to eight points.

In the absence of injured Sergio Aguero, Jesus made the most of his chance with two brilliant finishes in 24th and 50th minute to end an eight-game goal drought.

“The strikers are there to score goals and we need him,” said Guardiola to AFP.

“His effort, his commitment is always there but strikers like him and Sergio live for the goal and it’s important.”

“We played a good game, we controlled them and we didn’t concede much apart from the goal in the last minutes.

“Our level was so good in most of the games. I don’t have the feeling we played bad in certain games. In general, I’m more than satisfied with the level of the team.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes Man City are too strong to handle as visitors were dominant from first minute to the final whistle, despite several poor finishing and Nick Pope’s performance in goal.

“City are a top-class side and they showed it tonight. We kept it tight first half and made it awkward but they were excellent second half and we never got to grips with it.”

Jesus brilliant performance was incredible as Rodrigo showed his fantastic individual display by drilling high past Pope in 68th minute.

Mahrez came off the bench to score his 50th Premier League goal with his weaker right foot from outside the box in 87th minute.

However, Robbie Brady denied City a first clean sheet in eight games, as City moved to second place, level on point with Leicester but with a two-point goal difference.