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Robbo: We want to compete - and we can

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 11:13
Andy Robertson has faith Liverpool can maintain a Premier League challenge this season – but dismissed any suggestion of there being a battle solely with Manchester City.
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LFC 0-0 City: Watch highlights and reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 01:59
Watch the key incidents and post-match reaction from Liverpool's 0-0 Premier League draw with Manchester City on Sunday.
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'Liverpool need creative midfielder'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:41
Carragher: "There's no David Silva or Bernardo Silva or a player like that in the squad."

Last Updated: 07/10/18 8:50pm

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness agree Liverpool could do with an additional creative option in central midfield Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness agree Liverpool could do with an additional creative option in central midfield Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness agree Liverpool could do with an additional creative option in central midfield

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness believe Liverpool should look to sign a creative central midfielder in the January transfer window.

Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Super Sunday to continue their unbeaten start to the season in a game of few chances.

The tightly-contested clash was largely played in midfield with Jurgen Klopp's side having two shots on target at Anfield, and it is in the central area where Carragher and Souness think Liverpool could do with a creative player if they are to compete for the title this season.

"If Liverpool are in a really good position in January, I think they've got to be looking to address that [midfield area]," Carragher said post-match.

"It's not even necessarily having someone who comes in and plays every single game. They just haven't even got anyone like that in the squad. Adam Lallana is too injury prone.

"Even if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes back, [Naby] Keita goes in or Fabinho goes in they are all the same. Liverpool don't play with a No 10, but there's no David Silva or Bernardo Silva or a player like that in the squad.

"I'm not talking about that player playing every week. It's just the fact of having someone like that in the squad to turn to when you feel you need that player."

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Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer from Stoke City and he was an unused substitute against City, but Souness echoed the thoughts of Carragher, saying: "In the summer Liverpool signed Fabinho, signed Keita and also tried to sign [Nabil] Fekir from Lyon. I think that tells you how Jurgen sees their midfield.

"I look at Liverpool's midfield and I bet they are three great lads, who work their socks off but they just haven't got that little bit of quality in games like this to look one way and deliver a pass the other way.

"I think the very fact that Jurgen signed two and tried to get three shows you they are a bit short there. I think that showed at times today when they were dominant and had a lot of the ball. The danger is, when you try to go for more quality, you might not get someone who puts the same shift in.

"That's the balancing act. Jurgen likes to call it 'rock and roll football' with high tempo and high intensity. Would you get that from someone who's got a bit more class?"

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Is tiredness an issue for Liverpool?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:24
Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Super Sunday

Last Updated: 07/10/18 10:37pm

James Milner was replaced by Naby Keita against Man City James Milner was replaced by Naby Keita against Man City James Milner was replaced by Naby Keita against Man City

Liverpool held on for a goalless draw with Manchester City as Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty at Anfield, but are Jurgen Klopp's side being hampered by fatigue?

Sunday's meeting with City capped a gruelling run of seven games in three weeks for Liverpool, including Champions League meetings against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli and two tussles with Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea.

Liverpool let off by misses Mahrez pen
Milner suffers injury against City

The heavy workload was the subject of much discussion at Anfield, with Liverpool lacking their usual edge in attack as they struggled to carve out clear chances against Pep Guardiola's side.

"They are a little bit flat today," said Gary Neville in the Sky Sports commentary box. "When do you ever see Liverpool like that? It's a little bit of fatigue and a little bit of edge off the energy levels.

"This Liverpool team, their greatest strength is their ability to sprint quickly, press quickly, and transition quickly. If they don't have that, they lose a lot."

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Graeme Souness agreed with that sentiment. "The way they attempt to play is not like a pragmatic approach where they sit and wait for their opposition," said the Sky Sports pundit.

"Liverpool try to outgun whoever they are playing against. They play with such intensity that it's a harder game of football than it would be if you're a team who sit in and play a close game.

"So the pressure is on these players A because of the amount of games and B because of the type of games they play."

What did the stats say?

There were certainly moments when it seemed Liverpool's recent exertions had taken a physical toll on their players, but the Premier League tracking data showed their running stats actually held up.

Liverpool covered 109km and made 129 sprints against City Liverpool covered 109km and made 129 sprints against City Liverpool covered 109km and made 129 sprints against City

The total of 109km distance covered was their joint-second-lowest of the season so far, but they made 129 high-intensity sprints - more than in any other game this season with the exception of last weekend's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

"It's the finish of a very intense period for us, with unbelievable games," Klopp told Sky Sports afterwards. "You can always wish for more but I saw that the boys gave everything."

Rotation dilemma

In the cases of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, however, recent performances suggests they may be feeling jaded. Salah has only scored once in his last eight appearances, while Firmino and Mane are without a goal in their last five and seven games respectively.

So should Klopp be rotating? Only Bournemouth, Chelsea, Watford and Wolves have made fewer line-up changes than Liverpool's eight in the Premier League this season, with each member of their front three starting every game in addition to featuring prominently in the cup competitions.

Daniel Sturridge has scored some important goals from the bench while Xherdan Shaqiri has made some encouraging cameos, but Neville feels a lack of attacking depth could be an issue.

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"There's a big drop-off in quality between Sane, Salah, Firmino and the ones below," he said. "Can these three really keep that energy up every single Wednesday and Saturday?"

Jamie Carragher, though, insists they can.

"Liverpool did it last year and got to the Champions League final," he said in the Sky Sports studio after the game.

"They never won the league but you wouldn't blame that on the front three. The front three were as good as anything in the league. You can't say they have to be rested in the Champions League because they weren't rested last year.

"Liverpool have played two tough away games against the top six and one at home. So they have played three big games against their rivals in the first eight games and they find themselves where they are without their front three firing. I think it's massively positive and I think the front three will start firing. They are too good not to go back to what they were."

Time for recovery?

Much to Klopp's frustration, the majority of his players will now join up with their national teams. As they head off to different corners of the world, his concern is that they will not get the rest they need.

"When we came back from the international break last time, it was clear," he said. "It was [a game] every three days and it's so difficult. You have to invest absolutely everything and think we did really well. I'm really proud of the boys.

"If people want to see the best football, somebody has to start to give the boys a little break. We can't do it because we play every three days."

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Klopp is aware that most of his players will play for their countries regardless of fatigue, but Sky Sports pundit Craig Bellamy pointed out another danger of international breaks.

"What I find, even with the young age groups, is that on international duty, it's 10 days away, they're away from their families, they train nowhere near the intensity than they do at their clubs, then they are sat around all afternoon or evening, some of them eating because they are bored."

Klopp: Liverpool need a break

Jurgen Klopp has called for Liverpool to be given a break after their gruelling three-week schedule.

"They come back overweight and nowhere near the training condition you need them in. Then you've got two days to work them up to the next game, so they come back mentally even more drained than when they go."

It's another concern for Klopp, but he can at least take comfort from Liverpool's upcoming fixture list. After a challenging run of games, they return to action with an easier period which starts against Huddersfield, Red Star and Cardiff. Those fixtures might finally give him the chance to make some changes.

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Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:03
Virgil van Dijk admitted it was the correct call to award Manchester City a penalty in Sunday's Premier League clash at Anfield.
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Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:03

Virgil van Dijk admitted it was the correct call to award Manchester City a penalty in Sunday's Premier League clash at Anfield.

The Liverpool No.4 was judged to have fouled Leroy Sane inside the area five minutes from the end of a meeting with the reigning champions that was short of genuine chances at either end.

After the game, Van Dijk accepted the referee was right to point to the spot and expressed his relief that the incident did not cost his team – as Riyad Mahrez sent the kick over the crossbar.

“It was a penalty and I said it to the referee afterwards as well,” he told Sky Sports.

“It shouldn’t have happened but obviously I’m happy that we didn’t concede. I was very happy that it didn’t go in.”

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: “Their defence did well. We did well up until the penalty moment.

“It was a great game to play obviously and it’s unlucky that we didn’t score and unlucky [for City] that we didn’t concede as well.

“It was a tough game against the champions and I’m happy that we kept the clean sheet, especially after the penalty.

“We wanted to bounce back from our defeat against Napoli and I think we did. They’re a good team and we knew it was going to be hard but I’m happy with not losing.”

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Defenders make the headlines as Keita & Co. fail to provide – 5 talking points from Liverpool 0-0 Man City

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:51

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 0-0 draw with Man City, which raised a number of talking points.


Liverpool 0-0 Man City

Premier League, Anfield
October 7, 2018

Too Tight to Separate

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk appeals to referee Martin Atkinson after a penalty is awarded during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a heavyweight clash which had many expecting goals galore with the recent encounters in mind, however it ended up being a battle at the back and a scrappy affair reminiscent of the title struggle between Arsenal and Man United in the late ’90s.

Neither side were prepared to give each other an inch with the potential repercussions lingering at the back of their minds, effectively ensuring they cancelled each other out.

The fact neither team registered more than two shots on target across the entire game said it all, and painted a clear picture that the battle for the title will be decided in the games against the rest of the league.

While City were able to conquer all levels of competition last season, the Reds struggled against those in the bottom half as well as against their rivals on the road.

It is a different story so far, however, with Liverpool have only dropped points to Chelsea away from home despite a tricky start to the campaign.

The season is long and twists and turns will await, but there is not long to wait for the second meeting between the pair as a New Years Day clash awaits—but between then and now a lot can change.

True Captain’s Performance

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson embrace after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. The game ended goal-less. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson noted in the pre-game programme that “we’ll give everything to show a positive response” following the midweek defeat to Napoli, and while the potency and clinical edge is still a work in progress, the Liverpool skipper did not disappoint.

He divides opinion on a game-by-game basis, but was a clear standout during the stalemate and was key to the Reds’ threatening start to proceedings before becoming integral to the defensive stand as City attempted to make their move.

It was a true captain’s performance. On numerous occasions he was the man to make key tackles and interceptions, not to mention his persistent closing down of the City players in possession—and he is not all backward and sideways passing as many would lead you to believe.

In games where space is readily available Henderson thrives and leads from the front, he was continually looking to spread the ball and find space beyond City’s defence and was accountable at every turn.

With competition in the deep-lying role likely to ramp up over the coming weeks, Henderson has done his chances no harm in holding onto his spot.

Lack of Midfield Drive Remains Cause for Concern

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (R) and Manchester City's David Silva during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s key to overcoming Pep Guardiola’s side in recent meetings has stemmed from the drive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has injected in the middle of the park, but in his absence there was no heir to the throne in the starting lineup.

With the front three struggling to fire on all cylinders so far this term, the penetrating runs and passes that a creative midfielder—like the England international—possesses offers the front three the chance for their star to shine brightly.

It is an area which has been a cause for concern for the Reds for much of the campaign, with the tried combination of Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner yet to prove they can consistently offer a route to goal.

Milner’s injury early in the first half gave Naby Keita the opportunity to add the explosiveness required, but it still took over an hour to register a shot on target—although the visitors did similarly struggle in the opening stages.

It is a symptom of Liverpool’s recent form which has lacked the potency which supporters have come to expect, but a break from club duty could offer the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button.

The question which will continue to linger, however, is the time it is taking Keita to make a statement of intent to justify his return to the starting lineup.

There is no doubt he has all the tools, but he again failed to make his presence known.

Defenders Stars of the Show

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have commonly drawn comparisons to having three different models of cars representing each third of the field over recent years, with the attack and midfield far superior to that of the defence.

The tables have turned, however. The campaign has yet to see Liverpool hit the heights of last season as the forward players have yet to hit their stride.

It ensures the defence has had to be resolute and drag the team over the line—a prospect which would have been met with resounding disbelief this time last year.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have been receiving mass plaudits for their performances instead of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino like many had grown accustomed to.

Despite Jurgen Klopp introducing Dejan Lovren to the fold they again took the headlines and were resolute against what is a fearsome attack.

The Croatian defender could be criticised for his sloppy tackle on Sergio Aguero which, on another day, could have been given as a penalty, but overall he rose to the occasion and did not disappoint.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (R) and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is a welcome change to know that while the midfield and attack struggle to find their feet that they won’t have the added pressure of needing to outscore the opposition as the back line has them covered, even if changes to personnel have been made.

The foundations have been laid and Liverpool now have a superior defensive model, just an oil change is needed to get all engines firing at the same time.

An Extremely Valuable Point Earned

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. The game ended goal-less. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a game where neither team were eager to throw all their cards on the table, hesitant to give the impetus to each other such were the potential repercussions—the visitors still visibly scarred from recent meetings.

With two defeats in cup competitions and the first set of points dropped in the Premier League over the last week, it would have been easy to overreact if Liverpool failed to pick up any points—which a late penalty threatened to do.

However, the Reds remain undefeated in the league and the next block of six games following the international break are relatively kind for Klopp’s men.

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On the domestic front they come up against three teams currently in the bottom four of the table, with Arsenal the headline fixture before national duty calls once more, with a double-header in the Champions League against Red Star Belgrade sandwiched between.

Conversely, Man City face the prospect of facing both Tottenham and Man United.

It has not been an easy start to the campaign and Liverpool are exactly where they need to be, and when the fluidity finally returns they are bound to be a completely different animal.

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Jürgen Klopp: I am fine with a draw against City

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:47
Jürgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with Liverpool’s performance after they played out a goalless draw with Manchester City in an intense Premier League clash at Anfield.
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Jürgen Klopp: I am fine with a draw against City

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:47

Jürgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with Liverpool’s performance after they played out a goalless draw with Manchester City in an intense Premier League clash at Anfield.

The points were shared between the sides, which extends both teams’ unbeaten starts to the season, after a hard-fought encounter.

The visitors did have an opportunity to win it in the final stages, but Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty after Virgil van Dijk had been penalised for a challenge on Leroy Sane.

Read on for a summary of Klopp’s post-match press conference, during which he also provided an update on James Milner's injury.

On what he thought of the game and the result…

I am fine. It is a very intense, unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always - I’ve said that before - and as the last game of an intense period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so I am really happy with what the boys did today. The start in the game was fantastic and I liked it, but if you want to win against City you have to use a few of these half-chances or whatever it is in these moments. You cannot defend them 100 per cent over 95 minutes, so they will always have their moments but I thought how we defended was brilliant apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

We’ve played City now that often and they’re just outstanding. In no game we’ve played so far the game was that kind of level like it was today, even when we won 3-0 at home or 4-3 at home. When we won 2-1 at City, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn’t know how to come out. Then we had our moments of course, but over the full match time it was never like that. It is for both teams really intense what we are doing and both showed respect for the other team. Don’t lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem. Both teams did well. We were a bit lucky with the penalty of course, that was clear.

On defending against City’s attack…

You cannot ignore City in the preparation - it is quite difficult! For higher rhythm you need space and both teams didn’t give any space away. Against City, it’s not news - if you don’t defend the half-spaces then they are constantly between your midfield and last line and you have to constantly jump in the last line, which you don’t want to do really. One situation where you allow them a one-two and then are alone in front of the goalie, or are alone in the box and shoot the ball across the line and somebody scores an easy goal at the back post. It’s so difficult to defend and I am really happy with how we did it.

We had a little setback on Wednesday for sure. I watched the game back on the flight back, it was really important to see it again so we could adjust a few things - and it was so much better today. If we would have defended like we did against Napoli today then it’s a 7-0. No doubt about it. But we were really back on track, even after we had to change Millie, which you never want to do, especially in the first half, so I am fine. It was an unbelievably intense period and our fixtures were just crazy. It makes no sense to moan about it when you’re in it, but now it’s over and so I can moan about it! It was just unbelievable; playing these teams is really difficult. I am happy with the results we got.

On the penalty award…

Yes, I saw it now. It feels much easier to say it was a penalty when they didn’t score with it, but I saw it and I don’t think there’s a lot to discuss about. How it very often is with penalties, it is very, very close and with a bit of a longer toe then he [Van Dijk] touches the ball. I think he touched the ball a little bit but obviously not enough, he touched Sane a bit more so it’s a penalty. But not the most important penalty in the history of football because it was not in. We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it’s just good. To respond is really important, but to respond is really difficult when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever. It was easy to adjust because we made not too many mistakes at Napoli, but a massive one formation-wise. We didn’t adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine.

On the fact Liverpool, City and Chelsea are level on points at the top of the table…

And Arsenal is two points behind too, right? They’ve won six games in a row so it looks like they are in a good shape. We played City today, we can have three points, or one point or no points and we have one so that’s fine. If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I’d have said ‘yes’, but with that fixture list I’d have said ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start on the ninth matchday’. 

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Dejan Lovren: It's a good point

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:43
Liverpool can consider the point gained from a goalless draw with Manchester City a good one, according to Dejan Lovren.
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Dejan Lovren: It's a good point

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:43

Liverpool can consider the point gained from a goalless draw with Manchester City a good one, according to Dejan Lovren.

The Reds’ latest showdown with the Premier League champions failed to match the frantic nature of the four meetings between the clubs last season.

Ultimately, though, they were thankful for a penalty miss by Riyad Mahrez four minutes from full-time that meant Jürgen Klopp’s side took something from a hard-fought encounter featuring limited chances.

“Man City knew they would have a tough game,” Lovren, who came in to make his first league appearance of the season, told Liverpoolfc.com.

“They knew we had won the last three games against them. What we were missing was a goal but there weren’t many chances. They had a penalty at the end, so when you look back it’s a good point.

“Usually it’s a game with many goals. Previously, it was always an interesting game. From both sides, it was good defensively – we were really compact from the beginning – but what we were missing was the goal, of course.

“In the last four games we have been struggling a little bit in front of goal. But nothing will change; we will work hard and I’m really confident in our team. The most important thing is not to concede.

“Maybe it’s a good time now to go to the internationals and to come back with fresher movements and fresher minds.”

The stalemate at Anfield, coupled with Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Southampton earlier in the day, leaves the three clubs tied together on 20 points at the top of the table.

After the forthcoming pause for international fixtures, Liverpool will resume their Premier League campaign at Huddersfield Town.

“We need to keep this race up until the end,” added Lovren. “It will be a tough season, for sure. Hopefully everyone will come back from the internationals without any injuries.”

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Pep Guardiola shows biggest respect to Liverpool with explanation of game plan

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:32

Pep Guardiola explained how Man City looked to slow down the game at Anfield, as he believes Liverpool could be “the best team in the world” on the break.


Sunday’s clash was set up as the biggest game of the season so far, with two title rivals duelling for three points before the international break.

The Reds came out of the blocks quickly, but were eventually subdued as a fraught 0-0 draw played out, with Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss compounding a lack of chances.

This, as Guardiola explained after the game, was part of City’s game plan, with the visitors looking to stymie Liverpool’s swift counter-attacking play after losing twice at Anfield last season.

“If you play so quick, they are much better than us,” he told reporters.

“We want to create, but they wait for when you make a mistake in this kind of situation.

“We like to make the process, the buildup, to create the spaces. It’s not easy.

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“But if it’s an open game at Anfield, an open game against Liverpool, you don’t even have one chance, not even one percent. They play for that.

“We controlled it with Riyad, the guy who could give the extra pass; Bernardo in the middle, to give you an extra pass.

“It’s important to get that base, because if it’s up and down quickly they are much, much better—they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively.

“There is not a team better in the world than them, because it’s built for that, it’s created for that.

“It’s what Jurgen feels, and what the players take, for that sense. In that situation they are much better than us.”

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (R) and Manchester City's David Silva during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This shows the greatest respect to Liverpool, with Guardiola effectively altering his approach not so as to threaten the hosts, but to suffocate them.

In doing so, the Spaniard ensured a difficult game for both sides, but one that City were able to at least secure a result in, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane starved of service.

The Reds were certainly fortunate to come away with a point, with Mahrez sending his penalty way over Alisson‘s bar.

Guardiola’s game plan should provide Klopp with food for thought, as though few sides possess the quality or strength in depth that City do, they can clearly frustrate them with numbers.

It also highlights a lack of creativity in Liverpool’s midfield, with none of Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita able to support the front three.

The game ended with possession shared almost equally at 49.4-50.6, and as Guardiola attested, with the home side unable to get “up and down quickly,” they failed to make their mark.

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Video: Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Liverpool 0-0 Man City

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:30

Jurgen Klopp was left to settle for a share of the points as his uninspired Liverpool side held Man City to a 0-0 draw in fortunate circumstances.

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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.

He twice waved away penalty appeals from City, as well as overlooking some strong challenges from Pep Guardiola’s side, before eventually awarding the visitors a spot-kick late on.

Riyad Mahrez stepped up, but blazed over, leaving Klopp relieved to assess a response to the midweek defeat to Napoli as he addressed reporters at Anfield.

“We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it’s just good,” he said.

“To respond is really important, but to respond is really difficult when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever.

“It was easy to adjust because we made not too many mistakes at Napoli, but a massive one formation-wise.

“We didn’t adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine.”

 Liverpool's James Milner goes down injured during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The manager also provided an update on the fitness of James Milner, who was forced off midway through the first half with a hamstring problem.

He said “it’s too early” to determine the extent of his injury, but that the midfielder had insisted it wasn’t a “‘big one’.”

And with Liverpool heading into the international break level with City and Chelsea on 20 points, Klopp took a positive stance.

“If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I’d have said ‘yes’,” he added.

“But with that fixture list I’d have said ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start on the ninth matchday’.”

The Reds’ next game comes against Klopp’s closest friend, David Wagner, as they travel to Huddersfield Town on October 20 looking to return to winning ways.

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James Milner injury update

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:21
Jürgen Klopp is unsure of the extent of the hamstring injury James Milner sustained against Manchester City.
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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:01
Liverpool and Manchester City remained locked together in the Premier League after playing out a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
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Liverpool let off by missed Mahrez pen

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 20:36
By Jack Wilkinson

Football journalist - @jacktwilkinson

Report and highlights as champions' 18-game winless streak at Anfield continues

Last Updated: 07/10/18 8:19pm

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Riyad Mahrez blazed over a late penalty as Manchester City missed the chance to end Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Super Sunday.

The Algeria international had the chance to snatch all three points for the champions after Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane in the area on 85 minutes, but he smashed the ball over from 12 yards as the much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash ended level.

Liverpool looked to have City's number in a blistering opening 10-minute spell but Pep Guardiola's men settled, limiting the Reds to few chances as both sides' flawless starts to the season remained intact.

The point lifts City top and Liverpool up to third in the Premier League on goal difference, with City's position heading into the international consolation after failing to end their 18-game winless run at Anfield.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (6), Lovren (7), Robertson (7), Milner (5), Wijnaldum (7), Henderson (7), Salah (6), Mane (6), Firmino (6).

Subs: Keita (6), Sturridge (5).

Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (6), Stones (7), Laporte (7), Mendy (6), Fernandinho (8), B Silva (6), D Silva (7), Mahrez (5), Sterling (6), Aguero (6).

Subs: Jesus (5), Sane (5).

Man of the Match: Fernandinho

Keen to add to their three victories over the champions last season, Liverpool flew out of the blocks. Mohamed Salah had the first opening inside four minutes as he latched onto a Joe Gomez header and skipped inside a defender, but he fired wide at Ederson's near post.

Sadio Mane looked to have set up Salah for the opener with an inch-perfect cross three minutes later, after bursting past Bernardo Silva to get into the area, but the outstretched leg of Benjamin Mendy bailed City out, hacking the ball to safety.

The trademark of Liverpool's powerful start was their ability to win the ball back high up the field - the first time City manage to replicate that, they created their first chance as Fernandinho slipped Raheem Sterling in down the right channel, and his shot was blocked behind for a corner.

City's first prolonged spell of pressure yielded a strong appeal for a penalty on 20 minutes. Gomez's sliced clearance fell for Aguero in the area where he was clumsily bundled to ground by Dejan Lovren but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved.

James Milner is replaced by Naby Keita after picking up and injury James Milner is replaced by Naby Keita after picking up and injury James Milner is replaced by Naby Keita after picking up and injury

Liverpool suffered a blow just before the half-hour mark with the loss of James Milner to injury and that, coupled with the hosts' inability to maintain their break-neck start, allowed City to get a foothold in the game.

City's perseverance playing out from the back almost cost them dear nine minutes after the interval as Liverpool regained possession in opposition territory. Milner's replacement, Naby Keita, and Mane both tried to get shots away in quick succession but some last-gasp City defending scrambled the ball clear.

Jurgen Klopp made two changes following Liverpool’s midweek Champions League defeat as Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita. There were four changes to the City line-up as John Stones, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez were recalled.

City saw another appeal for a penalty turned down on the hour when Fernandinho was penalised for a push on Van Dijk instead of the Dutchman's handball.

The sense of injustice galvanised City, who created their best chance of the game a minute later. After David Silva threaded Mahrez through on goal, the Algerian outfoxed Andrew Robertson to fashion space and get a shot away but flashed a left-footed effort a yard wide.

Virgil Van Dijk fouls Leroy Sane on the penalty area Virgil Van Dijk fouls Leroy Sane on the penalty area Virgil Van Dijk fouls Leroy Sane on the penalty area

Liverpool rallied but their clinical final touch continued to evade them as Salah blazed an effort into the Kop, after latching onto Robertson's long through ball on 69 minutes, and substitute Daniel Sturridge failed to get enough power on a header 10 minutes later.

City's third penalty appeal proved successful after Van Dijk's lunge on Sane, but Mahrez's woeful attempt let Liverpool off the hook as City surrendered two points. How crucial those points are, come the end of the season, remains to be seen.

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  • Liverpool extended their home unbeaten run against Manchester City to 18 games in all competitions (W12 D6), with their last such defeat coming in May 2003 (1-2).
  • Pep Guardiola has won just one of his last eight managerial meetings with Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (D3 L4), and is winless in the most recent four (D1 L3).
  • Liverpool's return of 20 points is their joint-most after eight games of a Premier League campaign, having also done so in 1996-97 and 2008-09.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 home games against 'top six' opposition in the Premier League, winning six and drawing eight of these fixtures.
  • With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all yet to suffer a league defeat this term, this is just the second time in Premier League history that as many as three teams have gone unbeaten in their opening eight games of a single season (also 2011-12, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United).
Man of the Match - Fernandinho

City suffered heavy defeats on their last two trips to Anfield. They say things come in threes, and perhaps they would have done had Fernandinho not been on the pitch. The Brazilian epitomised everything Guardiola would have wanted from his side - grit, determination and the capacity to disrupt Liverpool.

The managers 5:33 Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week scheduled with a 0-0 draw against Man City. Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week scheduled with a 0-0 draw against Man City.

Jurgen Klopp: "It was a very intense game, two very well organised sides sticking to the plan. The start of the brilliant, spot on from the first second, we caused them a lot of problems. We had fantastic situations but couldn't finish unfortunately but stayed in the game over 90 minutes."

2:56 Pep Guardiola praised Riyad Mahrez's courage despite the Algerian late missed penalty at Anfield. Pep Guardiola praised Riyad Mahrez's courage despite the Algerian late missed penalty at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola: "We played so well. If you want to analyse the result, it is okay, it could be better. But at the end, the managers need to analyse what we have done and what we need to do. That is the most important thing."

What would VAR have changed?

Lovren's rash challenge from behind on Aguero was certainly worth another look, with the Liverpool centre-back failing to make contact with the ball as Aguero was sent tumbling. VAR could have been consulted to establish whether Mane kicked out at Fernandinho. The pair clashed in the 33rd minute, with the City midfielder adjudged to have fouled his Liverpool counterpart. When on the ground, Mane appeared to lash out, thrusting his legs into the air and towards the face of Fernandinho. Referee Atkinson looked on the incident favourable for Liverpool, with both players spoken to about their conduct.

What's next?

Both clubs resume their Premier League campaigns after the international break. Liverpool travel to Huddersfield for a tea-time kick-off on Saturday, October 20, while Manchester City host Burnley earlier that day at 3pm.

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'We don't need to look back'

Liverpool may have beaten City three times in a row last season - but Virgil van Dijk is only interested in the present and the future, not the past.

"We made it very difficult for them at times in those games, obviously they had their moments in the games as well," the Reds' centre-back told Sky Sports.

"But we do not need to look back at those three games, we know how difficult they are to play against and it's going to be a tough game."

On the key to competing for the Premier League title, Van Dijk continued: "We've had a good start to the season. The season has just started so there is so long to go.

"The key to winning or even competing to be champions is consistency, to win difficult games, perform week in, week out and grind results out. City did that very well last season, that's why they became champions."

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