Guardiola tells Man City players: Blame me for Liverpool pen

Klopp hopes De Bruyne is fit to face Liverpool

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

'[Riyad] had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots flawless penalties but sometimes it happens, ' he said.

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after Virgil van Dijk felled Leroy Sane inside the box with a little over five minutes to go.

"If you play so quick they are much better than us".

However, City soon began to take control of proceedings and had a strong shout for a penalty, when Dejan Lovren and Sergio Aguero tangled in the penalty area. You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant.

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In the end he was proved correct, because while Jesus was not guaranteed to score, Mahrez missed his penalty spectacularly, a miss which was his fifth out of the last eight penalties he's taken. That's why I say, going away is not a big problem, but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says: 'I am under pressure as well, ' because now it's Nations Cup. Don't lose the ball in risky positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah.

Yet there was a sense of what could have been for Guardiola, as City had two clear penalty kick shouts in each half (other than the one Mahrez skied).

So far this season they have played 24 games in all competitions and scored nine.

After a frantic opening phase when they struggled to get out of their own half, City were careful in possession without being over-committed, determined not to fall into the traps Klopp and Liverpool had set for them, and which they fell into, at Anfield last season. "It happens, so we had to move on", the England defender said. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.

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. We did well up until the penalty moment. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season and we compete really really good.

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    Move on because in the first half we conceded in the first minute and we can not talk about topics. Then you would have said we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world'.


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