Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: 3 things we learned

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: 3 things we learned

Ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp hails Pep Guardiola as the world's greatest manager. Both sides have been playing some scintillating football at the start of the season, and this match should certainly live up to the billing.

The league normally starts to take shape after eight to 10 games, and when I look at the top and bottom of the table, it is not too far away from how I think it will finish in May.

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". They also dropped deeper as a back four to deny Liverpool's front three the space to get in behind them and it worked a treat.

Last season, City conceded seven goals in two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the league and Champions League; something had to change and there was a distinct difference to the way his team approached this fixture.

The Manchester United legend favours a Premier League rivals over his former club as only possible title contenders and competition for the defending champions Manchester City. It was a decision I made and, hopefully, it will be the last time I make that decision at that time. Even though they were 1-0 for so long, I did feel like they were really struggling to stay in the game - but doing well in the game at the same time.

But the Egypt worldwide snatched at the chance with the confidence of a player with one goal in his last eight matches. He said, "It's the same that I thought one week ago".

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has talked about there being a gap between his team and City and Liverpool, but they can close it if they can keep Hazard fit and in the kind of form he is in at the moment.

"It showed we are not just a team that wants to play and leaves big spaces, but we are a team who want to be strong defensively".

It depends on your point of view, but the reality is that this was simply a day when the defenders turned up and did what they are paid to do.

That made it a totally different game to their meetings last season.

According to Gracenote, one of the reasons for the reduction in probability of conceding goals is the team cohesion in defence, as most of the back five have played together for more than a year, while the inclusion of Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy has considerably improved the side.

Klopp did not push his full-backs - Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez - up the pitch because he knew City could hurt Liverpool on the break.

"It's a good draw and we deserved to win".

The Reds had a tough test against Manchester City but somehow managed to come out with a draw in the end, with Riyad Mahrez missing a crucial penalty.

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