Better Things Around The Corner For Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool


Pep Guardiola insists Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has lost none of his goal-scoring prowess, but the Manchester City boss claims the Egyptian must repeat last season's prodigious feats before he can match Sergio Aguero.

"What we are doing is really intense for both teams and both showed respect for the other team".

Guardiola said: "If it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one percent of a chance. Coming back like we did today, I'm happy with that".

Mahrez, speaking for the first time about the penalty incident, said: 'My record is good in the Champions League yes, but not in the Premier League.

Milner has become a key cog in Liverpool's system this season, and has started all but one Premier League match this season.

The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.

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The German coach was pleased with a point from Sunday's top of the table clash with City, which left the pair level with Chelsea on 20 points and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

"I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions", Guardiola said when asked by Pro Soccer Talk. We controlled much better than in the past, and with the second balls, on which they are masters.

The Spanish manager did not make many changes after last season's record-breaking campaign, with Riyad Mahrez the only major signing and Yaya Toure the only first-team player to depart.

"It's important to get that base, because if it's up and down quickly they are much, much better-they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively".

That resulted in these free-flowing juggernauts only producing two shots on target each in a goalless draw as they highlighted why both have only conceded thrice coming into this test. "The first half was not so easy, they missed big chances ... but we controlled the match in the second half".

He said: "After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis".

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They squandered a dominant start by Jon Lester , got shut down by Kyle Freeland and wasted several big scoring opportunities. A franchise that for decades was defined by heartache has more wins the past four seasons than any other team.

"To do that at Anfield is so complicated, because everybody knows against which team we are playing".

"We have to start thinking about the players".

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.

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty". In the training session, he shoots flawless penalties.

But the Egypt worldwide snatched at the chance with the confidence of a player with one goal in his last eight matches.

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His last game (at Chelsea ) was really good - he was in the positions but then the last two balls were not too cool. After drawing 1-1 away at Chelsea at the weekend, Liverpool face a tricky challenge against the Serie A side.