Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Riyad Mahrez skies late penalty as City are held at Anfield

Riyad Mahrez skies late penalty as City are held at Anfield

Guardiola has lost both of his Premier League games at Anfield, and Opta tell us he has never lost three straight league matches away to the same opposition.

"The reason why last season he didn't play was for another reason".

The visitors had three previous claims for a spot-kick before Virgil van Dijk's challenge on substitute Leroy Sane eventually resulted in one, but £60million summer signing Mahrez blazed over.

"We lost the first two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea", he said. "We had our chance and we tried to be ourselves". In the training session, he shoots ideal penalties.

City grew into the half as the hosts' fast start petered out and will feel they should have had a penalty when Dejan Lovren, starting his first league match of the campaign, clumsily clattered into Sergio Aguero. It is progress from last season, great progress how we competed against them.

The Merseyside outfit came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after former Manchester City striker Sturridge netted a late equaliser.

"But the crowd was in really unhappy with the Napoli performance at times".

With the clash against Liverpool so important in the battle for the Premier League title, it remains to be seen whether De Bruyne could feature or it is merely mind games from Guardiola.

But the Egyptian again looked far from his best and snatched at the sort of chances he buried last season.

Liverpool roared out of the traps in typically high-octane style with Mohamed Salah fizzing just wide. In the Premier League team of Unai emery has won six matches in a row, which allowed Arsenal to break into the Champions League zone. Both back fours bossed their area of the pitch and ensured their teams earned a valuable point, so praise them for it rather than muttering about negativity and "parking the bus".

Next up, Liverpool visit Huddersfield after the worldwide break while City host Burnley.

An worldwide break now beckons and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned its timing - and the demands it is placing on players.

Opposite number Jurgen Klopp had no issues about the late award of the penalty. After strengthening significantly in the summer, the expectation will be on Liverpool in getting a result with the hope of reclaiming the league title for the first time since the 89/90 season.

"It is a very intense, unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always - I've said that before - and as the last game of an hard period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so I am really happy with what the boys did", Klopp said.

The Algerian fended off team mate Gabriel Jesus from taking the penalty.

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