Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

Jurgen Klopp and his men are current joint leaders of the Premier League.

While a point against City could yet prove crucial at the end of the season, Van Dijk believes the key to a successful title challenge is dispatching the league's less illustrious sides.

Even with Liverpool's limited chances, the Mohamed Salah of last season would surely have guaranteed victory. Arsenal and Tottenham are just four points behind them.

So in Mahrez's defence, City had a lack of natural penalty takers on the pitch, but his record at Leicester from the spot - including a "double kick" miss against City - left a lot to be desired and when quizzed after the match, Guardiola claimed to have not been informed about Riyad's penalty record.

Asked if Sunday's stalemate shows they are closer to catching City, he said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams".

"The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games, the most senseless competition in the world of football".

The former Leeds United man has become hugely important to the way Jurgen Klopp sets his side up and is a regular starter for Liverpool and as such, his absence after the worldwide break will come as a blow.

The top of the Premier League could not be much tighter, with only two points separating the top five teams, but I still cannot see beyond a two-horse title race between Manchester City and Liverpool.

Arsenal are improving under Unai Emery, and have won six league games on the bounce to move into the top four.

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

Their job should be to tell us things we don't already know, because we haven't played the game. 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.

Eriksson managed City for just the 2007-08 season, leaving by mutual consent after the club finished ninth in the league.

Jurgen Klopp insisted before the match he was not concerned by the Egyptian's form. The title race isn't a two horse race. Arsenal are making a habit of winning 3 points every week.

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