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Guardiola says his team are not built to defend with men behind the ball

Guardiola says his team are not built to defend with men behind the ballPA

The Premier League clash finished goalless, meaning City, Liverpool and Chelsea are joint-top of the table going into the second worldwide break of the season.

"He was on the pitch when the first penalty was not given", the City manager said.

That left them little in the tank to trouble in the final third, but that was not of paramount importance.

I just can't see this being anything else but an intense, high-octane shootout, with so many outstanding attacking talents on show.

That's not how they usually do things, at all, but such are the fine margins this season, it proves how much respect they have for one another.

And Lovren was fortunate to avoid gifting City a penalty in the early minutes, having swung wildly at Sergio Aguero in the area.

Put simply - allow Liverpool free run to run at you and even the best teams will struggle.

"There is not a team better in the world than them, because it's built for that, it's created for that". Klopp feels the schedule has been tough and is concerned about the continuing workload on players. "In that situation they are much better". "The first half was not so easy, they missed big chances ... but we controlled the match in the second half".

"As it is it's great progress from last season, we competed against them, they're a top team".

Guardiola claimed City's penalty, awarded after a foul by Virgil van Dijk on Leroy Sané, should not have been their only one of an otherwise uneventful game at Anfield.

Arsenal shipped five goals against Fulham and extended its winning streak to nine matches. "It happens, so we had to move on", the England defender said.

His satisfaction in City's defensive showing was echoed by John Stones.

Liverpool also played with one eye on the clean sheet, for maybe different reasons. If would have defended today like we did against Napoli, it is 7-0. "We can take positives from it and be proud of how we played".

Will Liverpool or Manchester City make the most of the opportunity to announce themselves as Premier League title favorites?

"When we won 2-1 at City in the Champions League, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn't know how to come out".

It'll be followed by the visit of Red Star Belgrade, themselves dismantled in Paris last week, in European action and then the arrival of Cardiff City at Anfield in league action to round off the month.

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

But for an ankle injury which required surgery last season, Gomez would nearly certainly have claimed a place in England's World Cup squad, so highly is he rated by manager Gareth Southgate.

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