Mahrez miss leaves City, Liverpool and Chelsea all level at top

08 October, 2018, 12:59 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Riyad Mahrez

Pep Guardiola admitted he was unaware of Riyad Mahrez's awful penalty record after the battle between Liverpool and Manchester City ended in stalemate.

Klopp echoed Guardiola's sentiments that Liverpool had more than one eye on City ahead of the game, and suggested his team were more reluctant to jump into challenges and press the reigning champs high.

The Nations League was introduced this year by European soccer's governing body UEFA largely to replace friendly matches with competitive games in a mini-group format.

"When I was up there doing commentary, I could see the goalkeeping coach John Achterberg", Carragher said.

After a blistering start from Liverpool, Pep Guardiola's side recovered and pressed the home side but they held on until the interval.

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

Joining City and Liverpool is Chelsea, winners on Sunday over Southampton 3-0.

They now sit level at the top of table, with Chelsea, on 20 points after eight games of the season.

It depends on your point of view, but the reality is that this was simply a day when the defenders turned up and did what they are paid to do.

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'I watched it because I wanted to get the rebound but I was very happy that it didn't go in.

"We didn't adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine". Both back fours bossed their area of the pitch and ensured their teams earned a valuable point, so praise them for it rather than muttering about negativity and "parking the bus".

Guardiola acknowledged that his side had chosen to lower the tempo in the game to limit the potency of Liverpool's attack. 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.

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".

The second half was a better spectacle for the crowd, who witnessed four attempts around the hour mark, with three of them falling for the visitors.

"I am so comfortable with the performance".

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.

But when Virgil van Dijk caught Leroy Sane in the closing stages, Mahrez had a golden chance to win the game, instead blasting his spot-kick over the crossbar.

"Not smart to dive in there, it was a penalty", the Liverpool defender said to Sky Sports.

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