Virgil van Dijk: Man City’s tactics were a compliment to Liverpool

Sherman Parsons
October 9, 2018

But when a team plays against Liverpool, especially away from home, they simply can not go into the game without some kind of plan to stop the likes of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from wreaking havoc.

The visitors had three previous claims for a spot-kick before Virgil van Dijk's challenge on substitute Leroy Sane eventually resulted in one, but £60million summer signing Mahrez blazed over.

Liverpool will be looking to getting back to winning ways, having gone without a victory in their last three games in all competitions.

As for the impact of Sunday's draw on the title race, the Netherlands captain said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games we have against mid-table and lower teams".

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 stood strong and showed great mental strength", said Stones after the game.

The two sides - along with Chelsea - are all locked on 20 points at the top of the Premier League table, separated only by goal difference after Sunday's matches.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp took aim at UEFA's new Nations League competition, labelling it "senseless", after his side headed into the global break with a home draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

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The EPL match between Liverpool and Man City was not played as expected. They will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations, where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

"We aim to improve every game, even if it is against Chelsea, for example, and we want to win every game".

The Reds defender has told his team-mates that the title won't be decided in games against Manchester City.

"My respect for Pep Guardiola couldn't be bigger, he is the world's best manager and that makes it so hard, but so exciting to play his teams".

Mahrez let slip a good chance on the hour when he shot wide when well placed in the penalty box.

"Obviously, I'm not happy", he said, according to the Daily Mail. Klopp feels the schedule has been tough and is concerned about the continuing workload on players.

Arsenal lost to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two Premier League fixtures to raise questions about Emery's ability to overhaul the Gunner side.

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