Robertson: Two-horse title race talk well off the mark

Ruben Holloway
October 9, 2018

"But they still pressed and still tried to play their game".

The good news for Liverpool is that, now the defensive problems seem to have been solved, they can win matches even when the front three aren't performing.

All that plus a fit again De Bruyne to come back?

But Mahrez, who had fought off Gabriel Jesus to take the spot-kick, ballooned his effort over the bar.

The Algerian was a thorn in Liverpool's side and came close to scoring in open play on a couple of occasions before the penalty. 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 Cup.

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Opposite number Jurgen Klopp had no issues about the late award of the penalty.

He is now with the Brazil national squad - along with Liverpool teammates Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino - for friendlies with Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the coming week.

'I have to look forward. When you are in there, scenting goals, sometimes this happens.

"But the most important thing is that our performance was very good today".

"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", the centre-half said.

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Guardiola spoke before the game about his fear of Liverpool's front three, and that was reflected in his tactics, which were far more conservative than they were last season.

I also have my concerns about Sarri's side defensively, namely with David Luiz playing in a four-man defence. After a tough trip away to Napoli in the Champions League where the front three just didn't click, Liverpool again looked quite tiresome in attack.

But on the other side, there is a player who was subtly ignored by his own teammates during the match - and that incident has largely gone unnoticed. "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 newspaper claims that the 19-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season, meaning that the Black Cats could lose him for a small compensation fee next summer". City struggled to beat Van Dijk on the ground or in the air, while Joe Gomez at right-back was outstanding against Raheem Sterling.

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