Guardiola tells Man City players: Blame me for Liverpool pen

Guardiola tells Man City players: Blame me for Liverpool pen

Guardiola tells Man City players: Blame me for Liverpool pen

Liverpool beat City three times in four meetings last season but, as Guardiola pointed out, his side ultimately had the last laugh by winning the Premier League.

City spurned the opportunity of a first victory at Anfield since 2003 when Mahrez cleared the crossbar from 12 yards after Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled Leroy Sané with five minutes remaining.

"He had the courage to take the penalty, in training he shoots flawless penalties, but sometimes it happens", City manager Pep Guardiola said.

However, the result could have been a lot different had Riyad Mahrez not blazed a late penalty over the bar for the visitors, with Neville discussing whether the Algeria forward was the right player to take the spot-kick.

"But that would mean I forget completely how we played three days before against Chelsea, so we have to stay cool".

"As it is it's great progress from last season, we competed against them, they're a top team".

"When he is a player for a long time with us, sooner or later he will go many, many times to Anfield".

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that". The Merseyside club created a furore with their attacking play last season but during this winless run, they only found the back of the net twice with Daniel Sturridge scoring both goals. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win. 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. They didn't have one shot on target.

"But as a player there is not much more that you can achieve than playing these type of games, because when you play them or when the atmosphere is like that, you know it's a big thing".

Liverpool FC followed up their home success with a 2-1 win at The Etihad, coming from behind thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. The Senegalese striker has scored four league goals against them, and only has a better record against Crystal Palace.

The manager also provided an update on the fitness of James Milner, who was forced off midway through the first half with a hamstring problem.

"I thought how we defended was brilliant apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save".

It is perhaps understandable they would struggle to deliver the stellar figures they produced last season and there is still plenty of time for them to punish opponents again, but against City they were nowhere near their best. It makes no sense to moan about it when you are in it but now it is over so I can moan about it.

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