The reports of Manchester City’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Sure, Pep Guardiola’s side were not quite at their brilliant best as they beat Southampton, but they showed more than enough to prove that there is plenty of life in them yet.

Whether they have enough to win the Premier League title this season is another matter, however, and depends as much on Liverpool as it does City.

And with the two sides set to face each other on Thursday night in what could be a pivotal match in the season, we are soon to learn exactly how well City have recovered from their two bruising defeats over Christmas.