LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after he scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on February 06, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus praised the way they overcame a difficult challenge from Everton to emerge as 2-0 victors.

It was hardly City’s finest performance of the season at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, but a battling display was enough to secure all three points and top spot in the Premier League.

French centre-back Aymeric Laporte put City in front just before half-time by heading in David Silva’s free-kick.

After Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling both missed chances to double City’s lead, substitute Jesus scored a header of his own to seal a 2-0 win in stoppage time.

Speaking afterwards, Jesus commended the efforts of his teammates.

“Everyone won the game, because we knew it was going to be a difficult game,” Jesus told the club website.

“We need to work hard and tonight we went onto the pitch to win the game because we want to win the title again”.

The Brazil international is more interested in taking things on a game-by-game basis rather than placing too much focus on the Premier League title battle.

While Pep Guardiola’s side have reclaimed top spot for the time being, Liverpool can overtake them on Saturday if they manage to get at least a point against Bournemouth at Anfield.

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Therefore, Jesus concedes that any slip-ups are a big no if they are to stand any chance of retaining the league crown.

“I think we really want to play well every single game and win the games and of course the Premier League because it’s an amazing league,” added Jesus.

“We love football, so we go onto the pitch to play well and win the title.”

The Citizens will next be in action on Sunday when they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in another league match with kick-off set for 5:00 PM (CET).

A fifth-round FA Cup tie with fourth-tier side Newport County then awaits them next weekend.