3 things learned from Liverpool's stalemate with Man City

Grant SmithOct 10, 2018

Chelsea brushed aside Southampton 3-0 while Arsenal hammered Fulham 5-1 to record their sixth Premier League victory on the bounce. And, though his manager's words on the topic were admittedly vague, they did seem to play down the problem.

Holland coach Ronald Koeman has told Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to cut out the mistakes. Gabriel Jesus has been disappointing, Riyad Mahrez is still taking time to adjust and Benjamin Mendy needs to buckle down.

The Brazilian midfielder, a summer signing from Monaco, has started only one game - the Carabao Cup defeat by Chelsea - and made two brief Champions League appearances, as a substitute.

Guardiola defended Mahrez after he spurned the chance to secure the win. "I want to keep doing it and keep everyone happy".

"The usual taker is Sergio Aguero but he wasn't there". Both sides have been playing some scintillating football at the start of the season, and this match should certainly live up to the billing.

But after losing on his three previous visits to Anfield as City boss, Guardiola took the positives from taking a point from one of the few venues the champions were defeated last season. "Maybe we didn't help him like a team and help him to score more goals".

Jurgen Klopp

The 24-year-old, who is now on worldwide duty with Brazil ahead of their friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina, is yet to start a single game for Liverpool in the Premier League so far this season.

"It was an unbelievably intense period of fixtures, crazy".

Klopp said: "I knew this before! But with this fixture list, I would definitely buy it".

The Belgium forward played down title talk at this early stage in the season.

But under their new manager Unai Emery, the Gunners have made sure they keep a close eye on the league leaders and now just 2 points behind them.

Virgil van Dijk has said Manchester City's caution at Anfield was a sign of respect for Liverpool and promised to learn from the foul that nearly cost Jürgen Klopp's team their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

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