Pep Guardiola shows biggest respect to Liverpool with explanation of game plan

Pep Guardiola shows biggest respect to Liverpool with explanation of game plan

City remain top of the table on goal difference, but both teams are now locked with Chelsea, who were 3-0 winners earlier at Southampton, on 20 points from eight games.

However, he had no complaints over referee Martin Atkinson awarding the spot-kick after Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane.

In a game that saw little goalmouth action, City edged the midfield battle and could have been rewarded all three points via a late 86th minute penalty. It was the fifth time in eight attempts the Algerian had failed from the spot but, despite his poor record and Jesus's appeals to take the kick, Guardiola insisted the £60m summer signing assume penalty duties with the regular taker, Sergio Agüero, substituted.

Liverpool, now without a win in four games, struggled to test the City goal, leaving goalkeeper Ederson largely untroubled. We want to create but when you make a mistake - if it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one per cent of a chance.

I just can't see this being anything else but an intense, high-octane shootout, with so many outstanding attacking talents on show.

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"We have to start thinking about the players. In that situation they are much better".

"I made the decision to shoot in the middle - the ball went up".

Ahead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah's slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield.

Goals are guaranteed, they said.

Arsenal have now won their last nine games in all competitions while the loss leaves Fulham in 17th place, having let in four more goals than any other team in the league.

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

"We had the ball a lot today but we had to be flawless in defending".

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 per cent, they will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save".

There aren't many things that stump Pep Guardiola, but it appears Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have given him many sleepless nights.

"Not smart to dive in there, it was a penalty", the Liverpool defender said to Sky Sports.

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"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty". To respond is really important when the next opponent is Manchester City. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season and we compete really really good.