Liverpool vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

Riyad Mahrez

The 27-year-old has admitted that City's clash with Liverpool on Sunday will be the Citizens most hard challenge on the road this season.

The top-of-the-table clash failed to live up to its billing with both sides, the top two Premier League scorers last season, nearly reluctant to commit to full attacking mode for fear of what the other team might do to them if they opened up too much. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this. We know how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how unsafe they are. After their pulsating clashes in the UEFA Champions League and the 4-3 thriller in the Premier League in 2018, this affair was more pragmatic with possession nearly equal and big chances also shared evenly.

"It was seven massive games and I'm really happy with what the boys made out of it, now we have to hope they come back [from the upcoming global break] healthy and then we go to Huddersfield".

"We had a clear chance in the last action, so we controlled quite well". If would have defended today like we did against Napoli, it is 7-0. It was unbelievable, playing these teams, it is really hard.

City defender John Stones said the players had decided among themselves that Mahrez would take the kick after impressing with his spot-kicks in training last week.

It resulted in the first goalless draw between these two at Anfield since 1986 - and also City's first clean sheet at the ground since then - but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be celebrating Monday's third anniversary at the club as the happier manager.

The Reds impressed early on but soon faded as their title rivals gained control of a game defined by a series of big decisions from referee Martin Atkinson.

Klopp added that despite the admiration he has for Guardiola, defeating one of his teams is a moment to savour. "We trained to defend this way during the week and it was a good point for us".

"They are incredibly quick and we controlled them". That is normal because they are so strong.

"As it is it's great progress from last season, we competed against them, they're a top team".

"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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