Mahrez misses penalty kick as Liverpool, Man City draw

Mahrez misses penalty kick as Liverpool, Man City draw

Mahrez misses penalty kick as Liverpool, Man City draw

The Central match of the first round of the Premier League surprisingly turned out to be pragmatic - "Liverpool" and "Manchester city" to "Anfield" for the first time since August 1986 has sold zero draw.

The result means both sides stretch their unbeaten starts to the new league campaign to eight matches, with City no doubt feeling a point gives them the slight psychological edge in the early stages of the title race. Liverpool got the better of Man City over two legs last season in the Champions League and beat the Citizens at Anfield in the league.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah can not yet be compared to his striker Sergio Aguero.

Asked if the 27-year-old was available, Guardiola said: "We will see tomorrow". 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.

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.

"We missed a little bit of creativity but it is not easy because they are so strong and good". 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.

But City did win the league game at the Etihad Stadium last September 5-0, so anything could happen.

Liverpool roared out of the traps in typically high-octane style with Mohamed Salah fizzing just wide.

That was as clear a chance as there was before half-time as both teams' exertions during Champions League games in midweek seemed to take their toll in a first 45 minutes lacking the intensity of their meetings from last term.

But the decision to recall the Croatian could have backfired when Lovren was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty for bringing down Aguero inside the area.

Next up, Liverpool visit Huddersfield after the global break while City host Burnley.

Klopp did not say whether Liverpool were Stich or Becker.

"I'm hoping this is the game of the season, with everyone at their best".

Silva's pass sent Mahrez, preferred to Sane, running through the middle but his angled shot rolled past the far post while a frustrated Aguero, who has never scored in his 10 games at Anfield, was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with 25 minutes remaining and retired to the bench with his hood pulled up.

However, the top three are all on 18 points and separated by goal difference only.

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