Jesus not happy Guardiola picked Mahrez to take crucial penalty

Silva was criticised for his team selection against Southampton in midweek

Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar.

All three have yet to lose a match this season but while Liverpool have been touted as the main challengers to City, Chelsea have shown they deserve to be in the conversation.

Nevertheless, the second half started with more objective by both the teams and they got many chances to win the game. If Liverpool can keep a clean sheet against Huddersfield then they will break that record for the best defensive start to a season in the club's history.

Last season, City conceded seven goals in two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the league and Champions League; something had to change and there was a distinct difference to the way his team approached this fixture.

It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact.

The Liverpool defender admitted it was "not smart" to dive in on Leroy Sané during the stalemate on Sunday and he was hugely relieved when Riyad Mahrez blazed the 86th-minute penalty over the bar.

We have not seen that approach from Guardiola before, but if Riyad Mahrez's late penalty had gone in, his gameplan would have worked to perfection.

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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.

The scintillating football of the opening weeks of the season has been dulled a touch towards the end of that jam-packed schedule over the last few games, in particular in a flat 1-0 reverse away to Napoli in the Champions League midweek. The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.

"We had a clear chance in the last action, so we controlled quite well".

The City boss said: "If you play so quick they are much better than us".

"That's why I say going away is not a big problem but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says, "I am under pressure as well" because now it's Nations League".

"Yeah, obviously there is a little bit of a concern because he [Fabinho] hasn't been playing".

Even so, City will view a point at Anfield as a positive result - it is certainly better than their defeat last season - and I am sure Klopp will see a draw in the same way.

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