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EPL: Why Guardiola apologized to Jesus after 0-0 draw with Liverpool

Kristopher Love | 08 October, 2018, 21:45

City manager Pep Guardiola apologised to striker Jesus after the game for denying him the chance to take the spot-kick.

Heading into the worldwide break, City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all on 20 points, with Arsenal and Tottenham two adrift.

The was the fifth spot-kick the Algeria worldwide has missed from his last eight attempts. The last time Liverpool managed that was in the 1978-79 season when Bob Paisley led Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish to a storming first division win.

However, Guardiola admitted his plan for a slower tempo to stop Liverpool springing onto the counter-attack had worked.

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty", Guardiola said.

"There is no team better in the world because it is built for that".

Due to the England global only having one full season to run on his existing deal, the report suggests that Liverpool may consider a sale in January.

"They did well, as did we, up until the penalty moment".

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has emerged as a rumoured transfer target for Leicester City after recovering from a long-term back problem.

"We were close more than ever to win here".

Jurgen Klopp was left to settle for a share of the points as his uninspired Liverpool side held Man City to a 0-0 draw in fortunate circumstances.

"I'm so comfortable (with) the performance we have done".

He said: 'It is part of football, you have to go forward and stay strong.

"We had a clear chance in the last action, so we controlled quite well".

"It is not smart to dive in there", Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

A rare incisive Liverpool counter-attack found Salah again in a good position 21 minutes from time, but he blazed high over the bar.

The Brazilian was keen to step up after Leroy Sane was fouled by Virgil van Dijk late in a cagey contest but Guardiola sent out a message asking him to defer to Mahrez.

But City defender John Stones defended the decision to let him take the high-pressure spot-kick by saying: "It is one of those things in football".

But that proved costly as the pressure got to Mahrez and City had to settle for a point.