Pep Guardiola City grabbed with both hands the opportunity to move a spot higher after a hard fought win against Everton.
The move takes them back to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Goodison Park playing one more game than any premier league side.
City were seven points behind Liverpool on January 19 but Wednesday’s win sees them move level with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, the defending champions taking over at the summit on goal difference.
Aymeric Laporte’s second league goal of the season put City ahead in the final moments of the first half, Everton giving the defender the freedom of the penalty area to head past Jordan Pickford.
The visitors wasted a number of chances to extend their lead before Gabriel Jesus wrapped things up in stoppage time, condemning struggling Everton to a seventh defeat in their last 10 league matches.