Liverpool, Man City tie in cautious matchup

Pep Guardiola exchanges pleasantries with Jurgen Klopp during their Bundesliga days

Pep Guardiola exchanges pleasantries with Jurgen Klopp during their Bundesliga days

On the other hand, Liverpool are third behind Manchester City and Chelsea on the Premier League table but have the same points as the other two teams.

Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar. However, Riyad Mahrez was off target from the spot-kick.

Mahrez has now failed to score five of his last eight Premier League penalties, while Jesus has missed two of his last three for City.

Click on the video above to enjoy the best of the action... In the end, however, the teams finished just as they started, playing to a 0-0 draw to split the points. The logic was similar to that which lay behind the use of Ilkay Gundogan in a right-sided role in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last season, but this time it achieved the desired result, protecting the full-backs and giving City an element of control.

Yet during the closing stages of Manchester City's goalless draw with Liverpool and subsequent post-match debrief, it became clear that one stone had in fact been left unturned by the tactical genius - Riyad Mahrez's record from the penalty spot.

City's normal penalty taker, Sergio Aguero, had already been substituted when Virgil van Dyke clattered into Leroy Sane in what the defender later admitted was "not a smart move".

"We played City now very often and they are just outstanding". They have been on a great run.

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"So there is a long way to go and there will be a lot of teams competing but we hope we are one of them".

The top-of-the-table clash failed to live up to its billing with both sides, the top two Premier League scorers last season, nearly reluctant to commit to full attacking mode for fear of what the other team might do to them if they opened up too much.

"It is not smart to dive in there", Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

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

"Today they've done particularly well [against Southampton] but in a game you'd think they would do well".

"But with that fixture list I'd have said "I'll buy it, let's start on the ninth matchday".

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