Joe Hart insists Manchester City aren't out the title race just yet - despite the fact they now sit nine points behind league leader Manchester United.

The Citizens dropped further back as they battle to retain the title they won so dramatically last year, and their 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday mean they have now won just one of their last three league outings.

Despite the increasing gap at the top, Hart remains confident that Manchester City can claw back the difference and hold on to their league crown.

Asked if he remained confident of overhauling Manchester United's lead, Hart replied: "We have got to be. There is no point turning up otherwise. We have got to win every game and look not to drop any points. It is a good challenge for us.

"We will always be in it, but unfortunately it's a big gap, getting too big for our liking.

"You have to move forward, and that means we have to beat Southampton next week. We are nine points behind with 13 games to go, so we need the win."

Although City went into the game against Liverpool having not conceded in 2013, they were made to work for a point in front of their home fans against Brendan Rodgers' rejuvenated side.

Hart believes that a few wins on the bounce will help Manchester City regain their confidence and push on in the final 13 games of the season.

"We need to do what we have done in the last seven games, when we won six and drew one," he said.

"Of course we have now drawn again, and that is enough of the draws. We need to start winning."

The 25-year-old did admit however that a draw against Liverpool was a fair result.

"It was a tough game," he said. "I thought Liverpool played really well. I imagine they'll argue we were lucky to get a result in the end. That's a shame but you have got to move forward.

"They are a good side and I think they have finally worked out what the manager wants from them. They are a really tough side to play against."

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