"I have never played against a team as good as them, especially at home", said Townsend.
Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool FC fans that he will "keep the door open" for potential signings in January, but says the Reds are only likely to make additions if they suffer a serious injury crisis. "He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it's not that much different, but it is different from time to time".
"We don't have that many options anymore because we have two injured centre-halves, so that immediately limits everything", said Klopp.
A team who scored 101 league goals conceded a whopping 50; far too many for any side with serious championship ambitions. And, of course, he is a very important part of our finishing situations. It's not just speed, it's not just finishing, it's a lot of things, between the lines and keeping the ball. If you work in an office, if your shoulder is not 100 percent and it is not your writing hand, then you're okay.
"Even in games when you are winning 2-0 or 3-0 with 20 minutes left to play I am still not comfortable in saying it's already done", he explained.
"But I would like to think he will give Crystal Palace a bit of credit for that". Injuries have certainly played their part in City's recent stumbles -club record scorer Sergio Aguero and Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne are players of such quality that some drop-off is inevitable without them.
Liverpool's form- and a hiccup for Man City at the weekend- has handed them a four-point lead at the top Credit Getty Images
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action on Boxing Day when they host Newcastle United in the top flight.
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the last two league matches but has returned to training today.
"The mentality was clear and we need to always think about the next game and and try to win every game and to be in the best condition to fight for big things", he added.
"Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game".
"We've had a good month and hopefully we can take that into January now - and February - and we'll see where we're at come April time", he said.
Christmas opening times for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Aldi 2018
Some retailers in town are making life easier for procrastinator's by keeping their doors open for most of Christmas Eve. Christmas time is literally upon us, yet there are still some stores open on Monday and Tuesday for last minute shoppers.