Kevin De Bruyne could return for Manchester City vs Liverpool

Kevin De Bruyne could return for Manchester City vs Liverpool

Dr. Cugat - a knee specialist based in Barcelona and the go to for Guardiola - helped De Bruyne through his injury as he did with Benjamin Mendy last season.

Opposite number Jurgen Klopp had no issues about the late award of the penalty. Was this, though, really a surprise?

Mohamed Salah, who failed to score in a league match at Anfield for only the second time since Boxing Day, fired an early effort wide after turning John Stones but it said much about the first half that it was the closest either side came to threatening a goal.

This was a meeting between two unbeaten sides in the early phases of a season where it is already clear that margins for error will be small.

"But that would mean I forget completely how we played three days before against Chelsea, so we have to stay cool". It led to Anfield being shrouded in a cloak of caution.

Mahrez tested Alisson with a near-post shot that the Brazilian turned behind, but his real chance to make himself a City hero came when the pace of Sane was too much for the normally flawless Van Dijk and this time a penalty was given. "We had to dig in at the end, those sorts of moments can go both ways".

"What we are doing is really intense for both teams and both showed respect for the other team. Both teams did well".

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Last season, City conceded seven goals in two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the league and Champions League; something had to change and there was a distinct difference to the way his team approached this fixture.

Liverpool, now without a win in four games, struggled to test the City goal, leaving goalkeeper Ederson largely untroubled. But when a team plays against Liverpool, especially away from home, they simply can not go into the game without some kind of plan to stop the likes of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from wreaking havoc.

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City, always committed to all-out attack, were literally over-run in those spells and could not recover.

Liverpool have had three high-profile matches in the last 1 ½ weeks, two against Chelsea and one against Napoli, and its recent exertions seemed to have a negative effect on the team.

Now the big "what if?" that the fans and the football media would be discussing is should Gabriel Jesus taken that penalty instead and be the hero for the Blue side of Manchester? "We control it through Riyad, Bernardo, the guys to give the extra pass".

"At [moving] up and down quickly, maybe - no, not maybe, I am pretty sure - they are the best team in the world at these transitions, defensively to offensively, because it is built for that".

Liverpool and City generally provide open, expansive games with goals aplenty, but this meeting was a tiresome affair short on flair and excitement. But he is becoming less of a threat away from home, and Guardiola needs more from him.

The right-back Kyle Walker, meanwhile, was far more restrained than usual, slotting in nearly as a third central defender when Benjamin Mendy pushed forward down the left.

'But the most important part was that our performance was very good. "It looks like they are in a good shape", said Klopp. Sterling's experience gave him the edge at times, but Gomez stuck to his task; if he made a mistake, he was able to rectify it nearly instantly.

Guardiola's men were also shackled. "He has probably carried City for a lot of years with his goals".

Jurgen Klopp voiced his delight with Liverpool's position in the Premier League after the title hopefuls earned a point against champions Manchester City.