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Negredo: City won't give up

Alvaro Negredo says Manchester City will not give up their pursuit of league-leaders Liverpool until it is mathematically impossible for them to win the title.

City play Crystal Palace in a game live on Sky Sports on Sunday knowing they might be nine points behind Liverpool with four games to play.

If Liverpool beat Chelsea at Anfield, in a match that directly precedes the game at Selhurst Park and is also live on Sky Sports, only City will be able to catch them.

But a Chelsea victory would mean City, who have a superior goal difference, can draw level on points with Brendan Rodgers' side by winning their games in hand.

And Spanish striker Negredo, who has scored 23 goals in his debut season for City, says his side will not give up the chase.

"It's tough because it is not in our hands," Negredo told Sky Sports' Weekend Warm-up. "But we are not going to give up the fight.

"We will battle until the end and you never know teams might slip up along the way somewhere and drop points themselves.

"There is still a lot of hope in the dressing room. While there are points available it is possible that other sides might make mistakes.

"We have to go all out to win every game. We have four left and we have to win them all and then sit back and see what happens."

Negredo admits that this weekend's game between Liverpool and Chelsea is a key one in the title race and he is hoping that the result works in City's favour.

"We know this is Liverpool's toughest game on paper. So we want it to go in our favour and then, as I say, it is down to us to do our job by winning four games that will put us in a position where we have a chance."

After Palace, City travel to Everton before facing Aston Villa and then West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool go to Palace before hosting Newcastle after they face Chelsea, whose last two games sees them face Norwich at Stamford Bridge before travelling to Cardiff.

You can watch Liverpool v Chelsea live on Sky Sports 1HD from 2pm on Sunday, which will be immediately followed by Crystal Palace v Manchester City.