Liverpool 0-0 Man City: Why were there no fireworks at Anfield?

Ruben Holloway
October 8, 2018

City missed the chance to earn a first Premier League win at Anfield since 2003, but a goalless draw extends Liverpool's winless run to four matches, with Stones keen to stay positive after his side moved top of the table on goal difference.

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.

So why didn't the season's biggest Premier League game, between two sides unbeaten so far, produce the excitement anticipated? It was pretty surprising to see him take it, considering David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on the field, and his recent trend of misses make you question why he took it.

That's the opinion of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville although Chelsea are on the same points as Liverpool and Man City and Arsenal are only two behind.

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"They did well, as did we, up until the penalty moment". It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.

"It was seven massive games and I'm really happy with what the boys made out of it, now we have to hope they come back [from the upcoming global break] healthy and then we go to Huddersfield". They didn't have one shot on target. If you want to see fresher, give them a summer break - for Jordan Henderson, it was exactly two weeks, which is amusing. "We control it through Riyad, Bernardo, the guys to give the extra pass".

After a blistering start from Liverpool, Pep Guardiola's side recovered and pressed the home side but they held on until the interval.

There appeared to be confusion over who would take the kick before Mahrez stepped up, with regular taker Sergio Aguero having been substituted. It is for both teams it was really intense and both showed respect for the other team. Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah. We were back on track even after we had to change Milly [James Milner] which you never want to do, especially in the first half.

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The scintillating football of the opening weeks of the season has been dulled a touch towards the end of that jam-packed schedule over the last few games, in particular in a flat 1-0 reverse away to Napoli in the Champions League midweek. "It shouldn't happen, but obviously very happy we didn't concede".

You always say champions win or pick points up when they're not playing well, Liverpool aren't at their best at the moment.

"I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions", Guardiola said.

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