Pep Guardiola insists Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has lost none of his goal-scoring prowess, but the Manchester City boss claims the Egyptian must repeat last season's prodigious feats before he can match Sergio Aguero. We want to create but when you make a mistake.
"I am really happy with what the boys did. Of course the Liverpool fans want him to play bad, he wants to play good, but I didn't do that [leave him out] for those reasons".
"I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions", Guardiola said.
Leicester City are reported to be interested in signing a right-back in January with Liverpool's forgotten man Nathaniel Clyne emerging as a potential candidate as the Foxes monitor his situation at Anfield.
"They are incredibly quick and we controlled them".
Eventually the missed penalty proved to be the pivotal moment as the spot kick turned out to be the only best chance from either team to score in a tightly contested match where chances were at a premium.
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Substitute Alexis Sanchez scored the victor in the 90th minute to give Jose Mourinho's side their first win since September 15. Newcastle have played against five of the top teams and have not lost by more than one goal to any of them.
"Not the most important penalty in the history of football because it didn't go in".
"We won in the past games against City but in no games were we as level as we were today".
"Liverpool are one of the two greatest teams in England and that's why we tried to be close with them in terms of many, many things, and we are closer". It will never be 0-0, they said. We know how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how risky they are.
Liverpool's over-riding emotions after this draw will be relief at the reprieve handed to them by Mahrez's wayward penalty and delight that they still remain unbeaten after eight Premier League games, which have included visits to Spurs and Chelsea and a home game with Manchester City. [Dejan] Lovren was at the final of the World Cup, [Virgil] Van Dijk is a top defender, [Joe] Gomez is in good form.
"If we played quickly, they are better than us". During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez every day taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence.
"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty".
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.
"The reason why last season he didn't play was for another reason".