Pep Guardiola has called on Liverpool fans to live up to their traditional friendly reputation as Manchester City prepare to travel to Anfield tomorrow. It is for both teams it was really intense and both showed respect for the other team. "When you are in there scenting goals sometimes this happens", said Guardiola.
City's tactics were so successful that Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target for the first in the first half of a Premier League game for the first time since November 2017 against Chelsea. It makes no sense to moan about it when you are in it but now it is over so I can moan about it.
The comments from City and the honesty over their approach underscores Liverpool's elevation under Klopp, who celebrates his third anniversary on Merseyside this Monday.
Leicester City are reported to be interested in signing a right-back in January with Liverpool's forgotten man Nathaniel Clyne emerging as a potential candidate as the Foxes monitor his situation at Anfield.
Martin Keown is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 3-2 win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday evening.
The Dutch defender told Sky Sports: "It was not smart to dive in there - it was a penalty and I said that to the referee afterwards".
Mahrez has now missed five of his last eight Premier League penalties but Guardiola admitted during a TV interview that he was not aware of his poor record from the spot.
However, Sadio Mane's sending off undoubtedly played a part in the one-sided scoreline, although the Citizens were good value for their victory. It will never be 0-0, they said. The Champions League exit to the Reds in April was one of the rare occasions when the City boss has chosen to try to tame the opposition, rather than steamroller them using his own attacking principles.
Against a side of City's quality, I would always want to get a couple of results onside, and if the game is drawn, DNB allows your stake to be returned.
'Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win'. We know how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how unsafe they are.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino only had two touches in the City penalty area - and only 21 in total. In the training session, he shoots ideal penalties. That was really important to see it agains, to adjust a few things. "How we played was different to previous seasons". It is much easier to say it was a penalty when they didn't score, but I saw it and I don't think there's a lot to discuss with it.