The Premier League title race is heating up, with the leading contenders gearing up for some crucial fixtures.
"If you're given a choice, you'd much rather go out and play first," says the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, who won the title with Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95.
"You'd rather get the points in the bag and say, 'Over to you Liverpool, we've done our job, we're going to now put the pressure on you.' That’s the way I would prefer to do it."
City have been given an extra chance to add the pressure on Liverpool with their fixture at Everton moving from 23 February to Wednesday, 6 February, giving them a match more than the leaders before the end of the month.
Liverpool have an added challenge on the horizon, with a trip to Old Trafford to come in a month's time.
"It’s probably bigger than Manchester United v Man City at the moment, the way Liverpool and Man Utd go at each other.
"With the fact that United are resurgent under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], I think that could be a big turning point."
They then visit a Burnley side currently lying 16th in the table.