Mendy returns for Man City in top of the table Liverpool clash

A 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City showed how closely matched these two teams are, with both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola setting their teams up to defend first and attack second. There were just four shots on target in the match, and the best chance of the game came in the final minutes when Leroy Sane was taken down in the box by Virgil Van Dijk for a penalty kick.

Algeria worldwide Mahrez blazed the resulting spot-kick over, but City will still go into the global break on top of the Premier League table.

"It's very tough, probably the toughest away game of the season in the Premier League", the Germany global toldESPN FC. "But as a player there is not much more that you can achieve than playing these type of games, because when you play them or when the atmosphere is like that, you know it's a big thing".

'Eighty-five minutes, you obviously get a bit worn out, and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do. We want to create but when you make a mistake - if it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one per cent of a chance.

But Mahrez looked nervous as he thumped the penalty high over the bar knowing one goal would have clinched the three points.


However, Guardiola was happy with the point after losing his last three games against Jurgen Klopp's side, and having done it at a ground where City haven't won in 15 years. Where City have faced a fixture against a team just promoted from the Championship (Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff), last season's data has been taken from the fixture against the team relegated to make way for them (Swansea, West Brom and Stoke). We tried to be ourselves all the time and we compete really, really good. We had our chance.

'We want to get as close as possible and do as well as we can but we know it is going to be hard.

"Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem", said Klopp. "In the training sessions he shoot the flawless penalties, but that sometimes happens and in the end, that is what it is".

Hit the video above to watch Mahrez's penalty miss. I think he touched the ball a bit but not enough. "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

"I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I'm sure this club will win something", he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.


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