Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss for Manchester City against Liverpool

Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss for Manchester City against Liverpool

To respond is really important when the next opponent is Manchester City.

City struggled to exert their authority in Sunday's blockbuster Premier League clash at Anfield, with neither side able to create a clear-cut chance.

Liverpool were tipped as the main contenders for defending champions City in the build up to the campaign and have lived up to the billing so far. This was a more hard opportunity and he ended up scuffing his attempt, dragging it a couple of yards wide....

"The front three aren't at their best".

City's tactics were so successful that Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target for the first in the first half of a Premier League game for the first time since November 2017 against Chelsea.

That's led to plenty of speculation about problems in the side, with this scoreless display making it four games without a goal for one of their famed attacking trident since all three have been at Anfield.

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.

"We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it's just good", he said.

Guardiola's men were also shackled.

Man City returned to the top of the table last week after Liverpool and Chelsea shared the points last Saturday at Stamford Bridge. We were close, more than ever to winning here, but it is better than last season. Penalty aside, Virgil van Dijk was incredible and the rest of the defence is doing well as well.

However, City soon began to take control of proceedings and had a strong shout for a penalty, when Dejan Lovren and Sergio Aguero tangled in the penalty area.

After the worldwide break, Manchester City return to Premier League action with a home game against Burnley on Saturday, 20 October (15:00 BST).

Firmino, Mane and Salah were comfortably subdued by City yesterday.

The Reds maintained their unbeaten top-flight start against Pep Guardiola's side yesterday, becoming the first team this season to prevent them from scoring and only the third to keep them out since the start of 2017-18.

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.

Their time will surely come again - and when it does Liverpool's title aspirations will carry even greater weight.

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