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

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

After a blistering start from Liverpool, Pep Guardiola's side recovered and pressed the home side but they held on until the interval. Aguero is City's usual penalty-taker, but he had been substituted, leading to an on-field discussion as to who would take it. Liverpool have started so well, they have the same points us, but we were expecting that all along. While he can be quite efficient from free kicks, it seems like the next time, somebody else should take the penalty kicks.

The scintillating football of the opening weeks of the season has been dulled a touch towards the end of that jam-packed schedule over the last few games, in particular in a flat 1-0 reverse away to Napoli in the Champions League midweek.

Pep Guardiola has apologised to Gabriel Jesus for preventing him from taking the late penalty that Riyad Mahrez missed in Manchester City's 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.

"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". "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

After the goalless draw, Guardiola said: "He (Jesus) wanted to take it".

'We hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this. "Respect is the big word, used by both managers", Jenas said when asked whether both side's more defensive tactics represented caution over their opponent's threats. It could've been a goal and the game could've been over. "It looks like they are in a good shape", said Klopp. 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.

And in particular, Jenas pinpointed Liverpool's front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane - who had scored seven goals combined in their last three outings against City - and criticised their uncharacteristic lack of pressing. They remain on five points, one place above the relegation zone. That is how they score goals.

"I am really happy with what the boys did". As well as the penalty, Mahrez had the two best opportunities, dragging one effort just wide of the far post and then drawing a smart save from Alisson at his near post. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season, we didn't lose.

"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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