Pep Guardiola 'proud' of display of Manchester City youngsters versus Liverpool

Mohamed Salah netted against Manchester City

The game for us was very important, but it is not a sign in the direction or whatever.

Whisper it quietly but the Reds are finally being talked up as genuine Premier League title contenders as each of the signings have addressed a major area of concern in their squad.

Xherdan Shaqiri was picked up cheaply from relegated Stoke, while Alisson became the most expensive goalkeeper ever when he joined from Roma.

Egypt star Salah, however, was quick to make his mark after coming on for Curtis Jones in the 62nd minute, scoring a header with virtually his first touch of the game to level it at 1-1.

"If we do, we sign one more but in this moment we stay with what we've got", said the City manager.

Klopp also reiterated that he could not guarantee a trophy for Liverpool in the upcoming campaign. "Still, he is far away from his best".

Nathaniel Phillips impressed onlooking supporters against Manchester City
Nathaniel Phillips impressed onlooking supporters against Manchester City

The arrival of club-record signing Riyad Mahrez adds extra competition to Guardiola's attacking options and even if he was exceptional last season, Sane can not afford to rest on his laurels. "It is business. We pray before the game that there would be no injuries and that's what happened".

Salah was a poacher for Liverpool last season and the video below (5:03 onwards) demonstrates exactly why he's so good at finding small pockets of space.

According to the 37-year-old, Tottenham and Liverpool will finish third and fourth place respectively. We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final (Community Shield) so we have to adapt.

Diehard fans usually greet the major football clubs' pre-season tour of far-off countries with a distinct slice of cynicism, perceiving their run as pure money-makers for already wedged pockets, but often the matches conjure up moments of excellence for them to stand up and be counted. He's shown that. He's going to keep on improving.

Silva is now at home in Gran Canaria following his participation in the World Cup with Spain earlier this summer and will soon reunite with his City teammates. Their ability to record consistent results, regardless of the opponent will be crucial to their chances of success next year.

A similar standard must be maintained heading into their last 15 games.

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