Liverpool vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

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He said: "The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games - the most senseless competition in the world of football!"

Klopp echoed Guardiola's sentiments that Liverpool had more than one eye on City ahead of the game, and suggested his team were more reluctant to jump into challenges and press the reigning champs high.

This was not the grand spectacle so many expected.

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.

John Achterberg knew what Riyad Mahrez wanted to do. It led to Anfield being shrouded in a cloak of caution. We played so well so if you want to analyse the result it was okay. "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have big problems. "Both teams did well".

Guardiola is the purists' purist - the manager who will never sacrifice the principles forged at Barcelona and put into further practice at Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.

The top-of-the-table clash failed to live up to its billing with both sides, the top two Premier League scorers last season, nearly reluctant to commit to full attacking mode for fear of what the other team might do to them if they opened up too much.

"It was a penalty and I said it to the referee afterwards as well", he told Sky Sports. "We control it through Riyad, Bernardo, the guys to give the extra pass". Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions. One situation and they are alone in front of your goalie, or alone in the box and they shoot and score an easy goal.

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While speaking to Movistar+, Messi insisted that his team needs to stop giving opportunities to the opponents for capitalizing. The Brazilian didn't have a simple finish, but with Lloris out of goal it was a lot easier than it should have been.

Pep Guardiola was happy to settle for a point at Anfield despite admitting his Manchester City side spurned a great chance to beat Liverpool.

The Reds' next game comes against Klopp's closest friend, David Wagner, as they travel to Huddersfield Town on October 20 looking to return to winning ways. It's still early in the season, but City will likely feel this was dropped points against a key Premier League rival. They didn't have one shot on target.

Guardiola's men were also shackled.

Their west London neighbors Chelsea have made an altogether more impressive start to the season and remain undefeated with nine wins from 11 competitive games this season.

The point allowed City to regain top spot from Chelsea, who had briefly taken over after their win over Southampton earlier in the day, but their opponents dropped to third.

After the global break, Manchester City return to Premier League action with a home game against Burnley on Saturday, 20 October (15:00 BST).

City's normal penalty taker, Sergio Aguero, had already been substituted when Virgil van Dyke clattered into Leroy Sane in what the defender later admitted was "not a smart move". The Brazilian was substituted while his attacking partners were out of sorts.