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Even though his agent refused to oblige, Toure apologised fully at the start of the month for "misunderstandings of the past" and his committed attitude in training to be in his best shape was evidently enough for Guardiola to recall him. This poor defensive display follows a similarly fragile performance away at Burnley where they conceded three times, and the 2-1 defeat to City marks five straight defeats.

Liverpool's recent magisterial progress ended in driving rain at Southampton where, although they extended their unbeaten sequence to 10 games, the league's top scorers squandered a series of chances.

"The last month and a half he was wonderful in training, his behaviour is absolutely everything".

Toure, though, will not be able to feature for Man City in the Champions League this midweek, as he was excluded from their squad list for the European competition.

"As players we need to take responsibility first, that's how we feel".

Despite his calls for improvement, his side sit third in the Premier League, only a point behind leaders Chelsea.

"I still think he needs another striker to go with Aguero, and I still think he needs another attacking midfield player who can go past people, to go with [David] Silva and [Kevin] De Bruyne".

Manchester City fans invade the pitch to celebrate with the players.

"This was maybe good step, but in the long-term you have to play better". Of course we have a new player now to help us achieve our targets. "So I was a little bit anxious against Middlesbrough, when you don't concede absolutely anything and you create enough chances to win the game [and still don't]". "We want peace, but I'm not apologising".

The 33-year-old midfielder has been frozen out thus far in Guardiola's first season in charge at the Etihad, making just one appearance in a Champions League qualifier at the start of the campaign.

City travel to Germany to take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, then make the much shorter journey to play Burnley in the Premier League next Saturday for the early kick-off.

"The Premier League, Champions League and cups are so demanding. We need all the players and Yaya is one of them".

Pardew had talks with the club's American owners in NY recently and at least one of them was present at Selhurst to witness his side's latest failure.