Liverpool 0-0 Man City

08 October, 2018, 13:43 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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Mahrez had a golden chance to give City their first Premier League victory over Liverpool at Anfield for 15 years when the visitors were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute.

He noted that his England midfielder Jordan Henderson had barely two weeks' rest following the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Liverpool started the game strongly and troubled Manchester City with their pressing but Pep Guardiola's team settled into the game after a few minutes and controlled the game for most of the first half.

City had already had two shouts for penalties - one when Sergio Aguero appeared to be bundled over by Dejan Lovren and one when the Croatia caught Gabriel Jesus with a flailing arm - when Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane.

Henderson featured for Liverpool in their Premier League match against City at Anfield on Sunday evening.

City probably asked more questions than Liverpool and such was their quality on the ball, they always looked in control and had Riyad Mahrez not missed his 86th minute penalty kick you couldn't argue with the reigning champs edging this one.

Yes it made for a drab game this time, but their real battle is only just beginning.

You have to go further down the table to find Manchester United in eighth place and, much like Arsenal, I do not see them as title contenders at all. After their pulsating clashes in the UEFA Champions League and the 4-3 thriller in the Premier League in 2018, this affair was more pragmatic with possession nearly equal and big chances also shared evenly.

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'Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win.

The Etihad giants could have had two earlier penalties before Mahrez's miss while the Algerian also dragged a good chance just wide. You need to finish.

"Today they've done particularly well [against Southampton] but in a game you'd think they would do well". Even when we won 3-0 at home, 4-3, 2-1 at City, over the full match it was never like this. "It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah.

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent".

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he believed they paid Chelsea "too much respect" and pointed to a first-half miss by Danny Ings, who blasted over from a couple of meters, as a game-changer. "Riyad feels deflated, he feels he has let us down", he said.

"I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions", Guardiola said.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has talked about there being a gap between his team and City and Liverpool, but they can close it if they can keep Hazard fit and in the kind of form he is in at the moment.

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