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Liverpool vs. Manchester City final score, recap: Mahrez misses penalty kick in a scoreless draw

Mahrez miss leaves City, Liverpool and Chelsea all level at top

A 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City showed how closely matched these two teams are, with both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola setting their teams up to defend first and attack second.

"The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games, the most senseless competition in the world of football". The last time Liverpool managed that was in the 1978-79 season when Bob Paisley led Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish to a storming first division win.

Liverpool FC's stalemate with Manchester City in Sunday's late kick-off to leave duo level on points with Chelsea FC in the top three positions after eight games.

But after losing on his three previous visits to Anfield as City boss, Guardiola took the positives from taking a point from one of the few venues the champions were defeated last season. Fulham 1-5 Arsenal means Emery has got Arsenal to 4th place, 2 points off the top. Pep Guardiola's team will play Burnley after the worldwide break and will then make a trip to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk for their next Champions League match. It's true under a new manager and management they may not look as unsafe as City or Liverpool but surely they will be the dark horses or will at least make the opposition team tremendously hard to get the 3 points this season.

Twitter reacted to the draw and here are some of the best tweets.

Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

City probably asked more questions than Liverpool and such was their quality on the ball, they always looked in control and had Riyad Mahrez not missed his 86th minute penalty kick you couldn't argue with the reigning champs edging this one. "We already knew it would happen", Wijnaldum, who started six of those seven matches, told Liverpoolfc.com. Eighty-five minutes, you obviously get a bit worn out and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do.

"It was not an easy month playing against Champions League teams - it is tough week in, week out, and playing with a little injury is not easy". "I want to keep doing it and keep everyone happy".

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