Liverpool v Man City with a Mahrez missed penalty finished 0-0. These are the two most attacking teams in the Premier league, they said. Was this, though, really a surprise? It's still early in the season, but City will likely feel this was dropped points against a key Premier League rival. It led to Anfield being shrouded in a cloak of caution.
"It was a penalty and I said it to the referee afterwards as well", he told Sky Sports. There will be three, four or five City players who they look at. Maybe we need two penalties to score one goal.
It was a rare blemish on a magnificent season - but this time Guardiola was determined not to let it happen again and prepared his approach accordingly and with a large measure of success that nearly brought three points. But if it is an open game at Anfield, or any open game against Liverpool, you don't even have one percent of a chance. "We control it through Riyad, Bernardo, the guys to give the extra pass".
"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that". We didn't create much but that is normal because they are so strong.More news: Lopetegui confirms Bale, Benzema injuries
In the first half City put in arguably their most restrained performance under Pep Guardiola with, for once, less possession than their opponent.
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.
That's not how they usually do things, at all, but such are the fine margins this season, it proves how much respect they have for one another.
"It's very tough, probably the toughest away game of the season in the Premier League", the Germany worldwide told ESPN FC.More news: Japan considers whether to participate in S Korea fleet review
The Premier League now takes a two-week break for the global window with City next in action at home to Burnley on October 20th.
Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: "Their defence did well".
The change of position seemed to have a destabilising effect on the 21-year-old, who diverted Lovren's header back to Sergio Aguero in the penalty area.More news: ‘Elevator Screamers’ Are Professional Protesters, Their Signs Paid for by Soros
Firmino, Mane and Salah were comfortably subdued by City yesterday. We deserved to win, but sometimes it's important not to lose, as well'. It could've been a goal and the game could've been over. We should talk about the game, the football. Those sort of moments can go both ways.