City had the golden chance four minutes from time when substitute Leroy Sane was upended by Virgil van Dijk and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after waving away two earlier strong appeals from the visitors for a penalty.
"He had the courage to take the penalty, in training he shoots ideal penalties, but sometimes it happens", City manager Pep Guardiola said.
The City manager, who passed on his instruction via Benjamin Mendy, said: "During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence".
"Yeah, if you play so quick they are much better than us", he said.
"It's better than last season when we lost here".
"To do that at Anfield is so complicated, because everybody knows against which team we are playing".
Mahrez misses penalty kick as Liverpool, Man City draw
"If it's up and down quickly they are much, much better-they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively".
It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win. They didn't have one shot on target. After their pulsating clashes in the UEFA Champions League and the 4-3 thriller in the Premier League in 2018, this affair was more pragmatic with possession nearly equal and big chances also shared evenly. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have a big problem.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane weren't at their best once again, with there still questions lingering over their form after 11 games in all competitions this season.
It also extended Liverpool's run without conceding a home league goal to 811 minutes. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it. Against City, they just didn't seem to be able to get up to the necessary speed.
"To respond is really important, but to respond is really hard when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever".
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. "If we had defended like we did against Napoli today, it's a 7-0". Tottenham as well", Guardiola said, adding, "but for us, for Manchester City, we want to defend our title, and they are contenders.
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