Liverpool vs Manchester City predictions & preview

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City's Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty as the much-hyped clash between the Premier League champions and the side thought most likely to challenge them this season ended in a disappointing goalless draw.

City probably asked more questions than Liverpool and such was their quality on the ball, they always looked in control and had Riyad Mahrez not missed his 86th minute penalty kick you couldn't argue with the reigning champs edging this one.

City had already had two shouts for penalties - one when Sergio Aguero appeared to be bundled over by Dejan Lovren and one when the Croatia caught Gabriel Jesus with a flailing arm - when Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane.

"When I was up there in the commentary box, I could see the goalkeeper coach, you can see what he's telling him", the Liverpool legend said on Sky Sports.

"We missed a little bit of creativity but it is not easy because they are so strong and good".

Liverpool are now on a run of four games in all competitions without a win and the Reds lost two of those four games to a late goal. But despite seeing Mahrez waste the chance to bag three points, City at least ended their miserable Anfield run and denied the home side a morale-boosting victory in their bid to win the title for the first time since 1990. Up and down they (Liverpool) are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, it is built for that.

"Yeah [Gabriel] wanted it, I apologise", Guardiola told a news conference.

Asked if people saying Liverpool had worked out how to beat City were correct, Guardiola said: "Good - congratulations". They had one shot on target.

"But as a player there is not much more that you can achieve than playing these type of games, because when you play them or when the atmosphere is like that, you know it's a big thing". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah have the pace. "That's why we controlled it so good today".

Guardiola admitted City played a much slower game than in his previous visits to Anfield to restrict Liverpool's ability to punish any mistakes - describing Klopp's side as the best in the world at it. Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were Liverpool's central midfielders last season and they scored a combined 15 goals of which Can and Chamberlain together scored 11. To respond is really important when the next opponent is Manchester City.

"I am really happy with what the boys did".

When he is on form and linking up the play, as he was doing for much of today's game, he makes City look nearly unplayable in the middle of the park, regardless of how tightly you press them.

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