Pep Guardiola: Riyad Mahrez had the balls to take the penalty

Pep Guardiola: Riyad Mahrez had the balls to take the penalty

Riyad Mahrez smashed a late penalty over the bar as Manchester City and Liverpool played out a tiresome 0-0 draw at Anfield.

'[Riyad] had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots flawless penalties but sometimes it happens, ' he said.

Liverpool manager Klopp said: "In no game we've played so far the was the level like it was today, even when we won 3-0 at home or 4-3 at home". And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this.

City's normal penalty taker, Sergio Aguero, had already been substituted when Virgil van Dyke clattered into Leroy Sane in what the defender later admitted was "not a smart move". You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant.

Jurgen Klopp was left to settle for a share of the points as his uninspired Liverpool side held Man City to a 0-0 draw in fortunate circumstances.

"My respect for Pep Guardiola couldn't be bigger, he is the world's best manager and that makes it so hard, but so exciting to play his teams". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there they counterattack with [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mané and [Mohamed] Salah.

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Pep Guardiola, aware of how twice on this ground last season Liverpool blew them away in a 25-minute spell, appeared to have set up his side to absorb much of the early and take the sting out of Liverpool with a view to capitalising later on. "It shouldn't happen, but obviously very happy we didn't concede".

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

Klopp added that despite the admiration he has for Guardiola, defeating one of his teams is a moment to savour.

It is perhaps understandable they would struggle to deliver the stellar figures they produced last season and there is still plenty of time for them to punish opponents again, but against City they were nowhere near their best.

"We had a chance at 0-0 for Danny Ings, if that goes in we get a different frame of mind", he said.

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