EPL: man city missed out on a victory over Liverpool

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2018

A 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City showed how closely matched these two teams are, with both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola setting their teams up to defend first and attack second.

The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with City mustering the same.

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Pep Guardiola apologised to Gabriel Jesus after taking the penalty off him in Manchester City's 0-0 draw at Liverpool. "After none of these games you go in the dressing room and think, 'Now we got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City, '" he added.

"They try to do the same, to reach the next level, and that's the challenge we all face". For us it was a positive result and we'll take it. "Against a very good team we managed to do that".

In a game that saw little goalmouth action, City edged the midfield battle and could have been rewarded all three points via a late 86th minute penalty.

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The Algeria worldwide was presented with the greatest chance of the match, which finished goalless, for the Premier League champions after Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane in the area.

Liverpool, who remain unbeaten in their last 18 home games against City, came out roaring and dominated the opening 10 minutes but Guardiola's side weathered that early storm, slowed down the game and frustrated the hosts.

The first decent scoring chance came in the 14 minute when Raheem Sterling broke into the Liverpool box after beating a few players, but the striker's shot was blocked on the line by a Reds defender.

'But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams. "You could see Napoli used the atmosphere and we couldn't calm it down with our performance", said Klopp after defeat in Italy on Wednesday.

According to Gracenote, one of the reasons for the reduction in probability of conceding goals is the team cohesion in defence, as most of the back five have played together for more than a year, while the inclusion of Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy has considerably improved the side. You can get three points or one point or no points.

"You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team - which I have, thank God - with an outstanding character, ready for being fearless, ready for making mistakes against an outstanding opponent".

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