Robertson: Title race not just between Liverpool and City

Ross Houston
October 9, 2018

Pep Guardiola's City was denied a penalty claim in the 20th minute when Sergio Aguero was fouled by Dejan Lovren but, that incident apart, there was little to get the crowd excited in the first half.

He said: "Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect but they still pressed and still tried to play their game".

That's led to plenty of speculation about problems in the side, with this scoreless display making it four games without a goal for one of their famed attacking trident since all three have been at Anfield. Don't write Chelsea out but they need a real "goal-getter". So are City performing better without De Bruyne?

But Salah has now scored just once since August at club level and that was a tap-in from barely a yard in a routine 3-0 victory over Southampton.

However, the Algerian's penalty was a shocker and as such, the game between Liverpool and the champions ended goalless, a result which will please both sides. "You have to call the manager of any country and say, "Can you leave players out?' and he says, 'I am under pressure as well", said Klopp. Roberto Firmino has been helping me, as well as Alisson. "Sometimes you have to be fearless and we weren't able to do that".

"That is a really good group, a really strong football team".

"We were close more than ever to win here".

Liverpool FC have drawn their last two games with Chelsea FC and Manchester City, while the Citizens have dropped points at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Anfield.

"It is an unbelievable challenge to face Man City and as the last game it makes the challenge even bigger", Klopp said.

There is confidence around Anfield after the team matched City and second place Chelsea, who have both had easier runs over the same period. In the end, however, the teams finished just as they started, playing to a 0-0 draw to split the points.

One transfer snippet in This Is Futbol suggests the Blues are tracking the progress of a former Academy striker who is flourishing at Sunderland.

Holding Man City to a clean sheet meant that the Reds have only conceded three goals in their first eight matches.

"The Bosnian forward has now highlighted his fondness for the Blues as he sang City chants while celebrating Oktoberfest 2018 at Kufflers Weinzelt in Munich". In fact, I am still not sure they will make it into the top four.

"Once a Blue, always a Blue".

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