Guardiola tells Man City players: Blame me for Liverpool pen

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

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

When he is on form and linking up the play, as he was doing for much of today's game, he makes City look nearly unplayable in the middle of the park, regardless of how tightly you press them.

"Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win".

"When I was up there doing commentary, I could see the goalkeeping coach John Achterberg", Carragher said.

Mahrez, speaking for the first time about the penalty incident, said: 'My record is good in the Champions League yes, but not in the Premier League.

"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". "How we played was different to previous seasons".

You have to go further down the table to find Manchester United in eighth place and, much like Arsenal, I do not see them as title contenders at all.

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". And in no game we played so far, the game was level like it was today.

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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. "It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well".

"They did well, as did we, up until the penalty moment".

"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".

Manchester City star midifelder Iklay Gundogan has sent out a warning ahead of the Citizens encounter with Liverpool this weekend.

He does believe Liverpool will be one of them, though. We defend so well as a team; it starts from the front with the work-rate they put in. I don't know. I [asked] him: "'Big one?' and he said: "'I don't think so, but big enough that I go off'".

That transpired on the pitch, especially it appears in the first half injury to influential figure James Milner, and meant Liverpool couldn't press with their usual relentlessness.

The point allowed City to regain top spot from Chelsea, who had briefly taken over after their win over Southampton earlier in the day, but their opponents dropped to third. "In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

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