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Liverpool and Manchester City labour to a draw at Anfield

Guardiola won't hesitate to play Sterling at Anfield Guardiola won't hesitate to play Sterling at Anfield By Russell Greaves 7 October 2018 44
Stacy Diaz | 08 October, 2018, 01:02

"It's very tough, probably the toughest away game of the season in the Premier League", the Germany worldwide told ESPN FC. It will never be 0-0, they said. Yes, the winning goal from Lorenzo Insigne came agonisingly late, but it was just reward for a team that punished a surprisingly anxious and disjointed Liverpool display.

Jurgen Klopp's side now sit level on points with Man City at the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has blasted the Nations League as "the most senseless competition in the world of football" following his side's 0-0 draw with Manchester City, inferring that their lacklustre encounter arose from global fatigue.

Guardiola makes four changes in all from City's 2-1 Champions League win at Hoffenheim with Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones also returning at the expense of Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane.

Aguero is City's usual penalty-taker, but he had been substituted, leading to an on-field discussion as to who would take it.

With Sergio Aguero substituted, the Brazil worldwide striker was ready to take the 86th-minute spot kick, but the City boss instructed Benjamin Mendy to tell Riyad Mahrez to take it instead. For Liverpool, Lovren returned with Joe Gomez shifting to right-back in place of the more adventurous Trent Alexander-Armstrong.

Milner, 32, has enjoyed a superb start to the new Premier League season and lined up against reigning champions City on Sunday afternoon.

On the hour Sterling's corner hit Van Dijk's arm but Atkinson ruled Fernandinho had climbed all over the Holland worldwide, much to the anger of City's bench.

Liverpool FC have an impressive record against Manchester City and the Merseyside club haven't lost to the Eastlands outfit since 2003. "He was on the pitch when the first penalty was not given", the City manager said.

Liverpool's front three hasn't yet found the form of February and March yet this season with the wide players, Mohammed Salah in particular, diminished by the more defensive approach being adopted by the full-backs. "It will be a good experience for him, next time it will go in". "The start of the game was fantastic". What few chances there were fell largely City's way. We did well up until the penalty moment.