Riyad Mahrez blazes over late penalty as Man City's Anfield hoodoo remains

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez deflated by Anfield penalty miss- Stones

City missed the chance to earn a first Premier League win at Anfield since 2003, but a goalless draw extends Liverpool's winless run to four matches, with Stones keen to stay positive after his side moved top of the table on goal difference.

Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane inside the box five minutes from the end of a heavyweight encounter between two sides setting their sights on the top-flight crown.

"That's why I say going away is not a big problem but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says, "I am under pressure as well" because now it's Nations League". It was pretty surprising to see him take it, considering David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on the field, and his recent trend of misses make you question why he took it.

Klopp was equally content with the draw after emerging from a hectic fixture schedule in which Liverpool played Tottenham, PSG, Chelsea (twice), Napoli and City. The penalty and one or two situations that need a really good save, that is true, but we played City now that often and they are just outstanding. I thought how we defended was brilliant.

"I've said it a few times, that if we couldn't be champions last season then Manchester City are very welcome", Klopp told Sky Sports.

However, Riyad Mahrez was off target from the spot-kick.

"We hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this".

But former Manchester United defender Neville thinks otherwise - insisting that Liverpool have the edge over both of the pair as shown by their ability to grind out wins even while underperforming this term. "That's why we controlled it so good today".

The game did not live up to expectations but, after suffering two chastening defeats at the same venue last season, Guardiola opted to play at a slower tempo this time in order to nullify Liverpool.

The Reds maintained their unbeaten top-flight start against Pep Guardiola's side yesterday, becoming the first team this season to prevent them from scoring and only the third to keep them out since the start of 2017-18.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he believed they paid Chelsea "too much respect" and pointed to a first-half miss by Danny Ings, who blasted over from a couple of meters, as a game-changer. "I am happy with the results we got". I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions. We know this club how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how unsafe they are.

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