Guardiola was unaware of Mahrez's rotten run from the penalty spot

Jurgen Klopp Manager of Liverpool and Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola

Key Stat: Trent Alexander-Arnold has been carded three times in seven Premier League games this season.

City substitute Leroy Sane was sent sprawling by Virgil van Dijk with five minutes remaining and, just when it seemed as though the visitors might snatch victory, Riyad Mahrez sent his penalty sailing way over the crossbar.

Guardiola admitted after the game that his team were deeper than usual as they controlled Liverpool's rapid forward line expertly.

With Sergio Aguero replaced on the hour mark, Mahrez, a £60-million (US$78.7 million) signing from Leicester in July, took responsibility but fired high over the bar to Liverpool's relief as City's wait for a first win at Anfield since 2003 continued. "We like to wait, to build up the spaces".

"If it's an open game against Liverpool, you don't have a chance, not even one percent", the 47-year-old said post-match. It will never be 0-0, they said. "They play for that", Guardiola said. They are incredibly good and incredibly quick, but we controlled the game well - we just didn't create.

"If it's up and down quickly they are much, much better-they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively. In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

Jurgen Klopp has called for Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week schedule with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

Jesus went down holding his face after a stray hand from Lovren but City's third penalty appeal also went unheard, while Sturridge's weak header was scooped up by Ederson as more half-chances came and went.

He said: "I am really happy with what the boys did today". What few chances there were fell largely City's way. You need to finish.

"What we are doing is really intense for both teams and both showed respect for the other team. So the game was to try and not lose the ball at the wrong moment because that would have been a big problem". "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

The City manager said: "I think the best way to protect the bus is for the Liverpool fans to be as Liverpool fans supposedly are". Klopp is relishing the opportunity to recuperate, but insists the same can not be said for his players.

"Straight after that he gave the ball away and didn't look as though he could kick it properly".

"A clean sheet at Anfield is not something you can do very often".

There is too much talent in these outstanding players not to be a huge influence as the season goes on but Salah cut a frustrated figure while both Firmino and Mane were marginalised by City's approach.

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