Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola conceded the Premier League title race is over after the reigning champions lost 3-2 at Wolves on Friday.
City are third in the Premier League, 14 points behind leaders Liverpool and a point below Leicester City.
City have lost five Premier League games this season, one more than in the whole of the 2018-19 campaign.
They have also played a game more than Liverpool, who have dropped only two points this season, are on a run – stretching back to March – of 26 wins from 27 league games and are two matches away from going a full year unbeaten in the top flight.
“It’s unrealistic to think about Liverpool, we think about Leicester,” Guardiola added. “We have the chance to recover second place. I know the quality of my team but that’s the situation.”
Winger Bernardo Silva added:
“It is a really bad situation for us. A frustrating first half of the season. Nobody expected us to be this far away from Liverpool at this halfway point.
“We have to continue now. We know that winning the title is very complicated. I wouldn’t say impossible but very difficult.”