Manchester City's tactics showed Pep Guardiola's respect for Liverpool - Virgil van Dijk

Grant SmithOct 09, 2018

But Liverpool, who were determined to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Napoli, received a let-off when Riyad Mahrez sent his 86th-minute penalty over the crossbar.

"Obviously I'm not happy", said Jesus.

That streak leaves them just two points behind the joint-top trio of City, Liverpool and Chelsea with Unai Emery's team being mentioned as possible challengers despite their top-four hopes having been doubted back in August.

Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk also played well despite the late penalty to Man City.

On the game against City itself, Robertson admitted: "We can play a lot better but on days when you are not at your best it is important not to drop points. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again".

"It showed we are not just a team that wants to play and leaves big spaces, but we are a team who want to be strong defensively".

With Aguero off the pitch the responsibility was handed to Mahrez - after Jesus was seemingly told to stand down - but with Alisson going the right away he blazed over, making it three failures in his last six.

"At 85 minutes you get a bit worn out, and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do".

'It was a decision I made and hopefully it will be the last time I make that decision at that time.

Van Dijk feels the title will not be decided by high-profile encounters like Sunday's - more so Liverpool's match with Huddersfield Town after the worldwide break.

Mourinho has been roundly criticised in the past two seasons after his United team emerged from Anfield with successive 0-0 draws.

Any prolonged lay-off however would be a major blow for Liverpool as they look to keep up their flying start to the season and repeat their European heroics.

"We aim to improve every game, even if it is against Chelsea, for example, and we want to win every game".

"But for us it's another important point, especially going into the worldwide break with a long break until the next game". After a tough trip away to Napoli in the Champions League where the front three just didn't click, Liverpool again looked quite boring in attack.

"I asked him 'big one?' and he said 'I don't think so, but big enough that I go off'".

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