Virgil van Dijk: Man City’s tactics were a compliment to Liverpool

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       Marco Silva hailed his side's performance at the King Power Stadium

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City's Riyad Mahrez blazed a penalty over the bar five minutes from time at Anfield as Liverpool remained unbeaten at home in the league since April 2017.

I think the respect Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have for each other was the reason Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield was such a poor spectacle of a match.

"Obviously I'm not happy", said Jesus. Before the season started I thought United and Liverpool would both be close to City this time.

"I would like to have taken it".

"However, it was important that we didn't lose".

Jesus went down holding his face after a stray hand from Lovren but City's third penalty appeal also went unheard, while Sturridge's weak header was scooped up by Ederson as more half-chances came and went.

A vital point away to a direct rival in something of a hoodoo ground for Manchester City is nothing to sniff at, and means City have one point more from their corresponding fixtures against the big six than they did last season. "In the training session he shoots flawless penalties, and ok this sometimes happens so at the end it is what it is". "It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again".

Mahrez put a fearless face on his error, which saw him blast well over the bar. It's part of football - sometimes you score, sometimes you miss.

The Premier League title became tighter as the defending champions, Manchester City was held on a goalless draw by Liverpool at Anfield.

Despite the penalty miss, Guardiola declared himself happy with the point.

Klopp and his City counterpart Pep Guardiola were satisfied with their team's displays in a tight, tactical encounter which finished 0-0 at Anfield, but the German was clearly frustrated to now lose his players for global duty.

Now, Mahrez hadn't exactly had the best display of his career but he clearly felt like this was his time to step up and grab the victor.

"Against a very good team we managed to do that". "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said. It's true under a new manager and management they may not look as risky as City or Liverpool but surely they will be the dark horses or will at least make the opposition team tremendously hard to get the 3 points this season.

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