Riyad Mahrez blazes over late penalty as Man City's Anfield hoodoo remains

Riyad Mahrez blazes over late penalty as Man City's Anfield hoodoo remains

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has surprisingly admitted that Kevin De Bruyne could be available for his side's trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The visitors had three previous claims for a spot-kick before Virgil van Dijk's challenge on substitute Leroy Sane eventually resulted in one, but £60million summer signing Mahrez blazed over.

Guardiola had substituted Sergio Agüero, the normal penalty taker, and relayed a message via the left back Benjamin Mendy that Mahrez should step forward and not Jesus. We know this club how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how unsafe they are. The goalkeeper. We can not forget against which team we compete and we made that performance.

Liverpool, now without a win in four games, struggled to test the City goal, leaving goalkeeper Ederson largely untroubled.

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"To do that at Anfield is so complicated, because everybody knows against which team we are playing". Unlike last season, Klopp could not call on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to penetrate City with runs from midfield due to the former Arsenal player's long-term knee injury lay-off.

"Yeah [Gabriel] wanted it, I apologise", Guardiola told a news conference. Yet it was an absorbing game and one that ended with both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola proving that they can organise a back four as well as a front three. Everyone misses penalties, even big, big players. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have a big problem. That's why we controlled it so good.

Liverpool scored 135 goals in all competitions last season of which 91 were scored by the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Fulham, who equalised through Andre Schurrle, have the worst defensive record in the Premier League and have now conceded 21 goals this season.

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"I think Sergio has proved it now and I can assure you, having played against him when I was at Tottenham, he's a nightmare - a complete nightmare to play against".

"I would say we were 90 percent spot on ... but it has come after a tough period", manager Juergen Klopp said.

"But a guy who has the quality to score 50 goals in a season always has that quality".

The Merseyside outfit came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after former Manchester City striker Sturridge netted a late equaliser. "He did not start in the first 11 today but when he was on he scored within a minute and that gives confidence for both him and us".

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When he is on form and linking up the play, as he was doing for much of today's game, he makes City look nearly unplayable in the middle of the park, regardless of how tightly you press them.

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