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

Sherman Parsons
October 8, 2018

That followed impressive wins for both Arsenal and Chelsea earlier in the same day, with the Gunners thrashing Fulham 5-1 away from home for a ninth successive win across all competitions before the Blues beat Southampton 3-0 as only the third team in the league after Liverpool and City to remain unbeaten after eight matches.

Substitute Leroy Sane was taken out by Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk in the box, but Mahrez blazed his spot-kick way over the bar.

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!" It was pretty surprising to see him take it, considering David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on the field, and his recent trend of misses make you question why he took it.

Liverpool's boss was happy with the way his team played after a gruelling run of games which saw them play PSG, Chelsea twice, Napoli and Man City in the space of just over two weeks. The penalty and one or two situations that need a really good save, that is true, but we played City now that often and they are just outstanding. That is why I have so much credit for what we have done. "That's why we controlled it so good today".

"It was seven massive games and I'm really happy with what the boys made out of it, now we have to hope they come back [from the upcoming worldwide break] healthy and then we go to Huddersfield".

But former Manchester United defender Neville thinks otherwise - insisting that Liverpool have the edge over both of the pair as shown by their ability to grind out wins even while underperforming this term.

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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. Don't lose the ball in risky positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah.

While left frustrated by one penalty call on Merseyside, Guardiola feels City should have been given more opportunities to convert from the spot.

When asked about his condition, Klopp said: "Too early".

"I said that to the referee afterwards as well".

It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be. We know this club how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how risky they are.

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