Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Benjamin Mendy reacts to Man City's 0-0 draw with Liverpool

Benjamin Mendy reacts to Man City's 0-0 draw with Liverpool

Was this, though, really a surprise? The bar is set higher, the margin for error is miniscule.

It was reflected in the statistics which revealed no Premier League match this season had fewer shots in the first half - only three - level with Newcastle v Arsenal and Huddersfield against Cardiff.

Pep Guardiola had lost on all three of his previous visits to Anfield as City manager and the champions looked unnerved from their recent experiences early on. Liverpool and Manchester City hadn't drawn 0-0 since 1986, they said.

"It is an unbelievable challenge to face Man City and as the last game it makes the challenge even bigger", Klopp said.

"I think apart from the penalty moment it was a great game to play in and we were unlucky that we didn't score, but it was a tough game against the champions". It is for both teams it was really intense and both showed respect for the other team. Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah have the pace. "Both teams did well".

"When he is a player for a long time with us, sooner or later he will go many, many times to Anfield". Sterling, a former Liverpool player, was given a torrid reception from his former club's supporters who were unimpressed at the manner of his leaving Merseyside.

London-born Clyne joined Liverpool from Southampton for £12.5million in 2015 under then-boss Brendan Rodgers and quickly established himself as the first-choice right-back for both Liverpool and England.

Ahead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah's slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield.

But that proved costly as the pressure got to Mahrez and City had to settle for a point. "The first half was not so easy, they missed big chances ... but we controlled the match in the second half".

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that". We controlled much better than in the past, and with the second balls, on which they are masters.

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"If it's an open game at Anfield, you do not have one chance, not one per cent". But he is becoming less of a threat away from home, and Guardiola needs more from him.

"Not the most important penalty in the history of football because it didn't go in".

"John is a goalkeeper maniac", said Jurgen Klopp in August. "He has probably carried City for a lot of years with his goals".

He said: "We won the last three games against City". It is also understood the team will take a different, as yet undisclosed, route.

City struggled to exert their authority in Sunday's blockbuster Premier League clash at Anfield, with neither side able to create a clear-cut chance.

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: "Their defence did well".

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty".

That is despite Salah, Firmino and Mane not yet operating with maximum efficiency or explosiveness. The Brazilian was substituted while his attacking partners were out of sorts.

But the Egypt worldwide snatched at the chance with the confidence of a player with one goal in his last eight matches.

So far this season they have played 24 games in all competitions and scored nine.

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