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


Gabriel Jesus has said he was unhappy when Pep Guardiola stopped him taking a crucial penalty in Manchester City's 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

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Luck was once again not on their side as Guardiola's men controlled large spells of the game but simply couldn't fashion chances when they needed to.

On this occasion the two defences came out on top, but is that a bad thing?

The 28-year-old midfielder - who earns £100,000 per week as salary, according to - started the game and played for the entire 90 minutes, as it ended in a goalless draw. Klopp's liverpool looked nervous throughout the game, with Salah, Mane and Firmino all off the pace.

Mourinho has strangled the life out of games at Anfield a few times and been condemned for it, but Guardiola now appears to have taken a leaf out of the United manager's book by accepting that tactics need to be altered for games like these.

The right-back Kyle Walker, meanwhile, was far more restrained than usual, slotting in nearly as a third central defender when Benjamin Mendy pushed forward down the left.

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I am expecting City and Liverpool to fight it out, with Chelsea the only other team who can challenge for the title - though for that to happen, a lot depends on Eden Hazard. That is why I have so much credit for what we have done.

The City chief added: "We want to create but when you make a mistake, if it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one per cent of a chance. However, it was important that we didn't lose".

"We were so defensively solid". Their manager was pleased to be through the other side of it. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.

"A clean sheet at Anfield is not something you can do very often". Unlike last season, Klopp could not call on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to penetrate City with runs from midfield due to the former Arsenal player's long-term knee injury lay-off. Midfield was slow and lazy especially Keita and Henderson. "Only when the team play better and play good the striker has more chances to score goals".

City, the reigning Premier League champions, were given a gilt-edged chance to leave Anfield with a win for the first time since 2003 when Van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane inside the box five minutes from time.

"It is not smart to dive in there", Van Dijk told Sky Sports. For Liverpool, Lovren returned with Joe Gomez shifting to right-back in place of the more adventurous Trent Alexander-Armstrong.

So did City and Liverpool park the bus? Clearly, from the way they set up, neither of them wanted to be beaten, rather than both going looking for the win.