MAHREZ BOTTLED IT! Liverpool 0-0 Man City | Match Reaction & Player Ratings

MAHREZ BOTTLED IT! Liverpool 0-0 Man City | Match Reaction & Player Ratings

The Central match of the first round of the Premier League surprisingly turned out to be pragmatic - "Liverpool" and "Manchester city" to "Anfield" for the first time since August 1986 has sold zero draw.

With Sergio Aguero substituted, the Brazil global striker was ready to take the 86th-minute spot kick, but the City boss instructed Benjamin Mendy to tell Riyad Mahrez to take it instead.

The City boss said: "Gabriel wanted to take the penalty".

'[Riyad] had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots flawless penalties but sometimes it happens, ' he said.

"But that would mean I forget completely how we played three days before against Chelsea, so we have to stay cool".

"What we are doing is really intense for both teams and both showed respect for the other team". We had our chances in the last minutes to win the game but we miss it.

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Mourinho has strangled the life out of games at Anfield a couple of 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. Up and down they are maybe, no I'm pretty sure, the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, it is built for that.

Salah has scored in each of the Reds' last three meetings with Pep Guardiola's men, including in the Champions League quarter-final fixtures - on their way to the final of the elite European competition last season.

Philippe Coutinho predominantly played as a left-winger under Jurgen Klopp but losing him has adversely affected Liverpool's midfield. They had one shot on target. That's why we controlled it so good. After their pulsating clashes in the UEFA Champions League and the 4-3 thriller in the Premier League in 2018, this affair was more pragmatic with possession nearly equal and big chances also shared evenly. Don't lose the ball in risky positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah. The Argentine is one of the greatest goalscorers the Premier League has seen, tipped by team-mate Bernardo Silva to one day overthrow Alan Shearer as the competition's all-time top scorer. Salah remains an excellent player and will score goals in the future.

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

"I'm just playing good football because we are playing good football", he said.

"I think Sergio has proved it now and I can assure you, having played against him when I was at Tottenham, he's a nightmare - a complete nightmare to play against". They can play a defence-splitting pass for the attackers to run in behind, they can make well-timed forward runs to create a 1v1 situation for the forwards or they can simply dribble with the ball on their own and pull defenders out of position.

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Guardiola said on Friday playmaker Kevin De Bruyne , out since August with a knee injury, would be assessed ahead of the game. Keita's energy, technique and work-rate has meant the Guinean star has fitted straight into the Liverpool side this season .

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