Mendy returns for Man City in top of the table Liverpool clash

Yolanda Curtis
October 8, 2018

Liverpool started well but were unable to make their dominance count and City eventually settled, with chances limited for both sides until Virgil van Dijk scythed down Leroy Sane. It was the fifth time in eight attempts the Algerian had failed from the spot but, despite his poor record and Jesus's appeals to take the kick, Guardiola insisted the £60m summer signing assume penalty duties with the regular taker, Sergio Agüero, substituted. While he can be quite efficient from free kicks, it seems like the next time, somebody else should take the penalty kicks.

The point allowed City to regain top spot from Chelsea, who had briefly taken over after their win over Southampton earlier in the day, but their opponents dropped to third. We have played City often and they are outstanding.

That's led to plenty of speculation about problems in the side, with this scoreless display making it four games without a goal for one of their famed attacking trident since all three have been at Anfield. It makes no sense to moan about it when you are in it but now it is over so I can moan about it.

The 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp and has only played for Liverpool once this season in the Carabao Cup and Claude Puel has identified Clyne as he looks to bolster his defensive options.

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Premier League title favorites Liverpool and Manchester City can usually be relied on to provide open and expansive games with goals aplenty.

Mahrez, speaking for the first time about the penalty incident, said: 'My record is good in the Champions League yes, but not in the Premier League.

Benjamin Mendy could also return to fill a void at left-back after six games out with a foot injury while Fabian Delph is still sidelined.

It also extended Liverpool's run without conceding a home league goal to 811 minutes. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.

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"If somebody had told me after eight fixtures 20 points I'd say yes but with this fixture list I would buy it", he added.

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty".

"Although you're much more nervous before these type of games than in others maybe, even then after your first successful pass, first successful tackle or your first good dribble, you get more and more confidence". That was really important to see it agains, to adjust a few things. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season and we compete really really good.

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