"We stood strong and showed great mental strength", said Stones after the game. Up and down they (Liverpool) are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, it is built for that.
The Belgian said he did not know if he had ever played better than this season. They are incredibly quick and we controlled them outstandingly, but we didn't create too much. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.
"It is a point".
Their west London neighbors Chelsea have made an altogether more impressive start to the season and remain undefeated with nine wins from 11 competitive games this season. "We had our chance".
The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.
"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty", Guardiola said.
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Similarly, the second half started much like the first with Liverpool taking charge before Manchester City came further into the match, being gifted the chance to steal all three points when Leroy Sane was brought down by Virgil van Dijk, only for Mahrez to blaze his spot kick over the crossbar.
"I said that to the referee afterwards as well".
Opposite number Jurgen Klopp had no issues about the late award of the penalty. When I see one player take the ball and dribble past three, four or five players and score the goal, it depends on him.
"But I still feel, eight games in, it's very early to think about Chelsea challenging these two [Liverpool and City]". He touched Sane more. "Sometimes you have to be courageous and we weren't able to do that".
"There must be something, a little connection, if you're not quite sure, just have a look at the bench".
"To respond is really important, but to respond is really hard when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever". If would have defended today like we did against Napoli, it is 7-0.
While City are not short of attacking talent, the repertoire of skill and technique available against Liverpool would be bolstered significantly if De Bruyne was passed fit to play. After their pulsating clashes in the UEFA Champions League and the 4-3 thriller in the Premier League in 2018, this affair was more pragmatic with possession nearly equal and big chances also shared evenly. We have many of them.