Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Liverpool, Man City tie in cautious matchup

Liverpool, Man City tie in cautious matchup

With regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero replaced by Gabriel Jesus, the former Leicester City winger stepped up on 86 minutes after Virgil van Dijk had felled Leroy Sane in a taut Premier League clash.

"But during the training sessions I see (Mahrez) taking the penalties and it gives me a lot of confidence". City left-back Benjamin Mendy was yellow carded for pulling back Mohamed Salah, when the Liverpool forward threaten to go past him, but the Egypt global was unable to exert his influence on this match. Jesus wanted to [take it]. I made the decision to shoot in the middle - the ball went up. Martin Atkinson waved away appeals when Dejan Lovren caught Agüero in the first half and penalised Fernandinho for a foul on Van Dijk when the Netherlands global handled in the second.

Not a great day for anyone at City, but a day which has no doubt greatly improved the Brazilian's chances of being trusted with a penalty next time he's on the pitch. In no game, we played so far, the game that kind of level like it was today. We did well up until the penalty moment.

Mendy, who started and played the full 90 against Liverpool having overcome a recent foot injury, knows his side should have claimed a vital victory.

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"I am so comfortable with the performance".

After Fernandinho blasted an ambitious long-range effort high and wide of the right post in the 58th minute, Mahrez collected David Silva's through-ball on the left and went past Andrew Robertson before fizzing a low shot inches wide of the target from 12 yards out on 61 minutes. Doing that at Anfield, that is so complicated. OK, we miss a bit in front, a little more creativity and pace to finish the action, but it is not easy because [Liverpool] are so strong. The goalkeeper. We can not forget against which team we compete and we made that performance.

The City chief added: "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". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there they counterattack with [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mané and [Mohamed] Salah. "We trained to defend this way during the week and it was a good point for us".

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