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Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

City missed the chance to earn a first Premier League win at Anfield since 2003, but a goalless draw extends Liverpool's winless run to four matches, with Stones keen to stay positive after his side moved top of the table on goal difference. "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said. It was pretty surprising to see him take it, considering David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on the field, and his recent trend of misses make you question why he took it. Obviously I'm very happy that it didn't go in.

Asked if people saying Liverpool had worked out how to beat City were correct, Guardiola said: "Good - congratulations".

Mahrez collected himself, then approached the ball, but his attempt had too much power in it that the kick went high and over the crossbar as Liverpool keeper Alisson dove with nothing to save but his clean-sheet maintained.

And although manager Klopp acknowledged Liverpool were ultimately lucky, he is delighted with their standing heading into the global break.

They slowed the game down to draw Liverpool's sting and silence the usually feverish Anfield crowd, which was quiet for long periods, keeping possession in deep positions.

A win on Sunday would be massive for Liverpool both in terms of going back to the top of the Premier League as well as building confidence to carry through the worldwide break and into the next run of fixtures.

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The first one qas a lovely first time finish off a cross by BONUCCI and DYBALA made it look easy as he gave Juventus the 1-0 lead. In the 33rd minute Blaise Matuidi forced a save from David Von Ballmoos that Dybala followed up and calmly place in the net.

"If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I'd have said "yes", but with the fixture list we had, I'd have said "I'll buy it, let's start on the ninth matchday". We controlled much better than in the past, and with the second balls, on which they are masters.

Yet there was a sense of what could have been for Guardiola, as City had two clear penalty kick shouts in each half (other than the one Mahrez skied).

"It was a great game to play obviously and it's unlucky that we didn't score and unlucky [for City] that we didn't concede as well".

Key Stat: Only Manchester City (21) have scored more goals than Liverpool (15) in the Premier League this season.

It depends on your point of view, but the reality is that this was simply a day when the defenders turned up and did what they are paid to do.

"To do that at Anfield is so complicated, because everybody knows against which team we are playing". Having won six games in a row, so it looks like they are in a good shape. To respond is really important when the next opponent is Manchester City.