Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk

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       Marco Silva hailed his side's performance at the King Power Stadium

The blessed relief of a last-gasp penalty miss saw Liverpool play out a scoreless draw against the visiting Manchester City at Anfield this evening and finish out the last in a punishing run of fixtures that saw them play seven games in 22 days. We don't need to be lip readers to know what they were talking about.

Mohamed Salah, who failed to score in a league match at Anfield for only the second time since Boxing Day, fired an early effort wide after turning John Stones but it said much about the first half that it was the closest either side came to threatening a goal.

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

The German coach was pleased with a point from Sunday's top of the table clash with City, which left the pair level with Chelsea on 20 points and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. We have played City often and they are outstanding. "I think we deserved to win, but sometimes it is better to not lose as well".

"We aim to improve every game, even if it is against Chelsea, for example, and we want to win every game".

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

"It was an unbelievably intense period of fixtures, crazy".




"I look at Liverpool's midfield and I bet they are three great lads, who work their socks off but they just haven't got that little bit of quality in games like this to look one way and deliver a pass the other way".

"If Liverpool are in a really good position in January, I think they've got to be looking to address that [midfield area]", he told Sky Sports .

John Stones revealed after the match that Mahrez was upset by the miss. The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.

However, the Algerian's penalty was a shocker and as such, the game between Liverpool and the champions ended goalless, a result which will please both sides. Sunday's match didn't turn out quite so exciting, as the sides played out a cagey 0-0 draw.

City had the golden chance when substitute Leroy Sane was too quick for the normally flawless Virgil van Dijk and this time Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.

Guardiola did not blame Mahrez for missing the penalty - which was blazed high above the bar - but did apologise to Gabriel Jesus for not allowing him to take it.

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