Liverpool v Manchester City: Gripping rivalry to deliver another titanic tussle

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Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty as Liverpool were let off the hook by Manchester City in what was a cagey top-of-the-table bore draw at Anfield.

The points were shared between the sides, which extends both teams' unbeaten starts to the season, after a hard-fought encounter. Guardiola deployed the pace and height of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back: last season, the less mobile and imposing Nicolas Otamendi played in both away games and was swamped by Liverpool's front three.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah can not yet be compared to his striker Sergio Aguero. "If you make mistakes, they punish you", Guardiola told his post-match news conference.

It's time for Sergio Aguero to have an impact at Anfield. We want to fight them.

Last season, after requiring surgery on a back problem, Clyne didn't feature until April - playing only five times and on his return, finding Alexander-Arnold and also Joe Gomez ahead of him.

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Pep Guardiola insisted he was still proud of his team despite missing out on all three points.

I watched the game back on the flight back, it was really important to see it again so we could adjust a few things - and it was so much better today.

Liverpool roared out of the traps in typically high-octane style with Mohamed Salah fizzing just wide.

As for Manchester City, they were the only Premier League side to register a victory in the Champions League midweek with a narrow 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Both teams come into the matchup with 19 points and wins in six out of seven league matches.

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City quickly neutralised Liverpool's threat by keeping possession for long periods without forcing Alisson Becker into a save before the break.

And although manager Klopp acknowledged Liverpool were ultimately lucky, he is delighted with their standing heading into the worldwide break. And while Guardiola, diplomatically, name checked the division's other leading sides, he did concede that he expected Jurgen Klopp's team to be prime contenders in this season.

"I'm hoping this is the game of the season, with everyone at their best". However, Klopp's exciting progress with this team means that this group has to deal with more scrutiny.

Guardiola did not blame Mahrez for missing the penalty - which was blazed high above the bar - but did apologise to Gabriel Jesus for not allowing him to take it. And in a game like this one at Anfield, when he doesn't score, Aguero needs to do more to help his team, otherwise he might have to get accustomed to being taken off or starting on the bench.

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