MAHREZ BOTTLED IT! Liverpool 0-0 Man City | Match Reaction & Player Ratings

Carla Harmon
October 8, 2018

Klopp was equally content with the draw after emerging from a hectic fixture schedule in which Liverpool played Tottenham, PSG, Chelsea (twice), Napoli and City.

Guardiola claimed City's penalty, awarded after a foul by Virgil van Dijk on Leroy Sané, should not have been their only one of an otherwise uneventful game at Anfield.

Mahrez's late penalty miss means Liverpool has now gone four matches in all competitions without a victory.

Silva's pass sent Mahrez, preferred to Sane, running through the middle but his angled shot rolled past the far post while a frustrated Aguero, who has never scored in his 10 games at Anfield, was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with 25 minutes remaining and retired to the bench with his hood pulled up. While he can be quite efficient from free kicks, it seems like the next time, somebody else should take the penalty kicks.

While the victor of the match may be a mystery, one thing is for certain when Man City travel to Liverpool on Sunday. After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we've got it, now we know how to beat City", because there is no real way, no one thing that you have to do. One situation and they are alone in front of your goalie, or alone in the box and they shoot and score an easy goal. They now sit level at the top of table, with Chelsea, on 20 points after eight games of the season.

"The start was brilliant, spot on from the first second, we caused them a lot of problems".

The 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp and has only played for Liverpool once this season in the Carabao Cup and Claude Puel has identified Clyne as he looks to bolster his defensive options. Sterling's experience gave him the edge at times, but Gomez stuck to his task; if he made a mistake, he was able to rectify it nearly instantly.

He said: "We won the last three games against City".

Sterling has struggled when playing at Anfield amid jeers and boos following his controversial move away from Merseyside to Manchester back in 2015.

Twelve goals were scored in their last two Premier League meetings - but it ended as a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield.

"We will see on Saturday", the City boss told Sky Sports. Obviously I'm very happy that it didn't go in. He touched Sane more than the ball, so it's a penalty.

But for the most part this was a game the fascination of which lay in how it defied expectation, two managers noted for their cavalier outlook adopting more pragmatic approaches and contriving to neuter both their opponents and themselves.

Guardiola continued: "The reason why last time he didn't play was for other reasons: tactical".

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