Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Highlights & Match Report

Oscar Cross
October 8, 2018

Three thoughts on Sunday's top-of-the-table clash at Anfield in which Liverpool and Man City settled for a 0-0 draw.

Liverpool's home form in the Premier League and their excellent recent results against Manchester City explain their status as slight favourites here.

Guardiola acknowledged that his side had chosen to lower the tempo in the game to limit the potency of Liverpool's attack. They didn't have one shot on target.

'The usual taker is Sergio Aguero but he wasn't there.

"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". Now we will play City and (we could) make the boys aware of what was all wrong.

"It's what Jurgen feels, and what the players take, for that sense". We controlled much better than in the past, and with the second balls, on which they are masters.

"To do that at Anfield is so complicated, because everybody knows against which team we are playing".

"We had the ball a lot today but we had to be ideal in defending".

Premier League title favorites Liverpool and Manchester City can usually be relied on to provide open and expansive games with goals aplenty.

But when Virgil van Dijk caught Leroy Sane in the closing stages, Mahrez had a golden chance to win the game, instead blasting his spot-kick over the crossbar.

His satisfaction in City's defensive showing was echoed by John Stones. Against City, if you don't defend half spaces they are constantly between your midfield and your last line, you have to constantly jump from your last line, which you don't want to do that often. We defended really well. "We can take positives from it and be proud of how we played".

Milner has become a key cog in Liverpool's system this season, and has started all but one Premier League match this season. Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn't score.

The Reds and the Citizens will face off Sunday at Anfield in pivotal Round 8 game.

Firmino, Mane and Salah were comfortably subdued by City yesterday. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season and we compete really really good.

At the other end of the pitch, Liverpool have been vitally imperious.

Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.

Behind him, Alisson has been nothing short of a game-changer, while Joe Gomez has excelled and Dejan Lovren was a match-of-the-match contender against City with Andy Robertson not offering Mahrez an inch.

"It shouldn't have happened but obviously I'm happy that we didn't concede".

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

So did City and Liverpool park the bus?

City swept Liverpool aside 5-0 at Etihad Stadium but twice in front of The Kop, Liverpool exposed Guardiola's approach with a 4-3 league win in January that was more emphatic than that narrow scoreline suggests and a 3-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in April.

"It was so intense since the last global break", he said after the game.

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