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Mahrez misses penalty kick as Liverpool, Man City draw

08 Octobre 2018

Pep Guardiola has apologised to Gabriel Jesus after refusing the Manchester City striker's request to take the late penalty at Liverpool that Riyad Mahrez blazed over the bar. Against City, he showed what an asset he has become for Klopp's team. They had one shot on target.

It's time for Sergio Aguero to have an impact at Anfield. We like to make the process, to build up, to make the spaces, it is not easy. Klopp feels the schedule has been tough and is concerned about the continuing workload on players.

"The start was brilliant, spot on from the first second, we caused them a lot of problems. They have a good team and we knew it was going to be hard, so we're happy with not losing today". They are incredibly good and incredibly quick, but we controlled the game well - we just didn't create.

Liverpool's over-riding emotions after this draw will be relief at the reprieve handed to them by Mahrez's wayward penalty and delight that they still remain unbeaten after eight Premier League games, which have included visits to Spurs and Chelsea and a home game with Manchester City.

Arsenal shipped five goals against Fulham and extended its winning streak to nine matches.

"We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals", Hazard said.

His satisfaction in City's defensive showing was echoed by John Stones.

"It's how penalties often are, very close and a bit of a longer toe and he touches the ball. We can take positives from it and be proud of how we played".

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

It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact.

And with that in mind, the retired England global is backing the Reds to ease to a 3-2 win against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday evening.

That is despite Salah, Firmino and Mane not yet operating with maximum efficiency or explosiveness.

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

At the other end of the pitch, Liverpool have been vitally imperious.

Van Dijk admitted City had deserved a penalty and expressed relief that Mahrez failed to convert his opportunity.

Jesus went down holding his face after a stray hand from Lovren but City's third penalty appeal also went unheard, while Sturridge's weak header was scooped up by Ederson as more half-chances came and went. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.

Mahrez misses penalty kick as Liverpool, Man City draw