Riyad Mahrez blazes over late penalty as Man City's Anfield hoodoo remains

Silva was criticised for his team selection against Southampton in midweek

Pep Guardiola said his gameplan was to control possession and avoid losing the ball in areas where Liverpool could counterattack through Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.

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.

As for the impact of Sunday's draw on the title race, the Netherlands captain said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games we have against mid-table and lower teams". "I think that showed at times today".

The usually unflappable Van Dijk was at fault for the one real incident when he lunged in on City substitute Leroy Sane and conceded a penalty, which Riyad Mahrez proceeded to blaze over the crossbar.

James Milner's hamstring injury changed the complexion of the game as City took advantage of Naby Keita's arrival to exert their influence in opposition territory, although again without any real danger for their hosts.

This was punished in Italy when Napoli stole a win in the dying minutes and the same thing nearly happened at Anfield but Riyad Mahrez's awful penalty kick let the Merseysiders off the hook.

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The German coach was pleased with a point from Sunday's top of the table clash with City, which left the pair level with Chelsea on 20 points and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Guardiola spoke before the game about his fear of Liverpool's front three, and that was reflected in his tactics, which were far more conservative than they were last season. We have played City often and they are outstanding. "Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jürgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays", said Fabinho.

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"Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world of football", said Klopp, who urged the soccer authorities to look at the issue of players being overused.

Even so, City will view a point at Anfield as a positive result - it is certainly better than their defeat last season - and I am sure Klopp will see a draw in the same way.

"Yeah, obviously there is a little bit of a concern because he [Fabinho] hasn't been playing".

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