Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: 3 things we learned

Silvia Morton
October 9, 2018

"You always say champions win or pick points up when they're not playing well, Liverpool isn't at their best at the moment".

It was particularly tough to take for Jesus, who was keen to take the penalty only to be ushered away by Mahrez, who has missed five of his past eight penalties.

Liverpool have made a great start to their league campaign without the inclusion of Fabinho, and Klopp is satisfied with his team's position, level on points with City and Chelsea, as they head into the global break.

Manchester City and Liverpool, two of the most prolific attacking sides in Europe and contenders to win the Premier League and more, faced off at Anfield on Sunday in league play, and it was a match that was expected to bring a least a couple goals.

City manager Pep Guardiola apologised to striker Jesus after the game for denying him the chance to take the spot-kick.

"There's obviously a lot of room for improvement", Alexander-Arnold told the Independent.

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Riyad Maherz missed a penalty against Liverpool. I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me. Pep spoke with me. But sometimes it is simply a failure - or reluctance - to acknowledge the part of the game that is crucial for any team with aspirations of winning major honours. "I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again". And Arsenal are two points behind, yeah?

Fabinho was a second-half substitute in the Champions League games against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli and his only start was against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, but was taken off as Liverpool lost the tie 2-1.

On this occasion he modified his tactics to nullify Liverpool's threat and Mahrez felt that approach served the team well.

A vital point away to a direct rival in something of a hoodoo ground for Manchester City is nothing to sniff at, and means City have one point more from their corresponding fixtures against the big six than they did last season.

He said: "We have players that worked together now for much longer; Fabinho comes from another league, a completely different system which Monaco played, to us".

The manner in which both teams pressed each other didn't lead to the goal fest many predicted, but it made for a very tight, tense and intense match. "It's a good result - I'm so satisfied with what we have done", said Guardiola.

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