Reigning champions Manchester City went top of the Premier League with a disciplined 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday that saw them leapfrog Liverpool on goal difference.
Aymeric Laporte headed the opener just before the interval and substitute Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory deep in stoppage time for City, who returned to the league's summit for the first time since December 8.
Both City and Liverpool have 62 points, but Pep Guardiola's side have played one game more than the Merseysiders, who have drawn their last two encounters and host Bournemouth on Saturday.
"It's much better [being top]," Guardial said after the match. "The reality is we could have been one month ago 10 points behind when we played Liverpool. A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league.
"That is the best advice, the lesson is -- never give up. That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately.
"We have played one more game than Liverpool, it's good to be top but Liverpool [still] has a game at Old Trafford," he added, referring to Liverpool's match at Manchester United on February 24.
The Spaniard was also looking ahead to his side's next game, a clash against Chelsea.
"We have another big test [against Chelsea on Sunday]. Chelsea are an exceptional team who have had seven days to prepare. We have to prepare well. It really is final for us this weekend."