Monday, 15 October, 2018

Gary Neville rules Arsenal and Chelsea out of the title race

Fans of Liverpool react as the Manchester City team bus arrives prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield Mahrez miss leaves City, Liverpool and Chelsea all level at top
Kristopher Love | 09 October, 2018, 19:29

"We made it hard for them and they made it hard for us at times but that's how it is".

City's best chance arrived when they were awarded a penalty kick, which was blazed over by Riyad Mahrez, five minutes from time after Van Dijk had upended Leroy Sane.

Nevertheless, the second half started with more goal by both the teams and they got many chances to win the game.

"It is an unbelievable challenge to face Man City and as the last game it makes the challenge even bigger", Klopp said. "They play for that", Guardiola said. They will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations, where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

"We have to start thinking about the players".

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".

You have to go further down the table to find Manchester United in eighth place and, much like Arsenal, I do not see them as title contenders at all.

Wijnaldum, who has been crucial to Liverpool's early-season successes, believe he and his teammate need to embrace the intensity of the fixture list to win silverware. You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant.

But the door is certainly open for him in the next month to break into the Liverpool XI, with games against Huddersfield Town, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff City to play in October.

"You can not ignore City in the preparation for a City game", Klopp said. The Gunners lost their first two matches of the season, against Manchester City and Chelsea, but Sunday's 5-1 demolition of Fulham was their ninth consecutive victory in all competitions. "I know against which team we are playing". I liked it, but if you want to win against City, you have to use a few of these half-chances.

"After the global break there are three important games against Huddersfield, Red Star and Cardiff so we want to be ready for that".

"I think to keep a clean sheet after a penalty in the last five minutes makes me a very happy man".