Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany saluted his team-mates for a "tremendous" performance as Pep Guardiola's side emerged victorious from Thursday's top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool.

City ran out 2-1 winner at the Etihad Stadium to move four points behind pacesetter Liverpool after a thrilling contest.

Leroy Sane got the winner 18 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's empathic opener.

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It was Liverpool's first Premier League defeat in its 21st game of the season and prevented champion City falling 10 points behind the leader.

And Kompany was astonished by City's gutsy display, as it breathed life back into the title race.

"I'm not even worried about the result," Kompany told Sky Sports . "I'm absolutely buzzing with the tremendous performance.

"We went toe-to-toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them, maybe more than matched them.

"It's still in Liverpool's hands, but the performance was beyond anything I've ever witnessed.

"It came from our guts, a desire you can't describe. We are a better team when we play with emotions."