Salah, Mane on target in Man. City vs Liverpool game

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History is against him, however, as no Premier League team has successfully defended the title since United in 2009 and Guardiola concedes past achievements will count for nothing if results go awry.

Xherdan Shaqiri was picked up cheaply from relegated Stoke, while Alisson became the most expensive goalkeeper ever when he joined from Roma.

It was recently-recalled outcast Joe Hart who provided a bit of swag when facing Ballon d'Or contender Mohamed Salah.

Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luis left battles over the ball with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze
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A late penalty snatched yet another victory over Pep Guardiola's City, albeit with an underwhelming performance.

"It was important that a lot of players could play 60 minutes for the first time, in hard circumstances".

Outside of squad or managerial quality alone, the recipe to these two sides' success can be summarised in a simple phrase: quick start, strong finish.

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"That's okay, but maybe this season finally you demand that they win".

"We lost the distance between the defenders and the midfielders, but we know we have to work".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that Liverpool must challenge for the Premier League title in the upcoming season to justify their heavy spending. "Still, he is far away from his best".

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"For 75 minutes we are incredible against that team, playing in the final of the Champions League and those kind of unbelievable players we have I am so, so proud".

Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea have to improve "very quickly" after his first game as manager ended in a narrow 1-0 friendly win against Perth Glory. The 17-year-old was Liverpool's biggest threat of the first half and went close with a header over the bar and could have had a penalty just before half-time when he appeared to be clipped by Cameron Humphreys. On came Salah - scorer of 44 goals for the club last season - and he caused chaos with his pace, direct running and eagerness. He has also won the FA Cup (2011) and League Cup (2014, 2016, 2018) medals during his time in England. "If Liverpool believes they should spend this kind of money, it is because they believe it is best for them".

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