Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Mahrez deflated by Anfield penalty miss - Stones

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Betsy Taylor | 08 October, 2018, 08:44

Liverpool FC suffered a resounding and humiliating 5-0 loss to Manchester City in their first meeting in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium last season.

Similarly, the second half started much like the first with Liverpool taking charge before Manchester City came further into the match, being gifted the chance to steal all three points when Leroy Sane was brought down by Virgil van Dijk, only for Mahrez to blaze his spot kick over the crossbar.

The Algeria global and Gabriel Jesus had stepped up to take the penalty, before Guardiola sent Benjamin Mendy to give Mahrez the duties. "We compete really, really good. Liverpool were an excellent team last season and since then they have bought some more incredible players to fight against us".

Opta tell us that Klopp's record of seven wins against Guardiola is unprecedented - no other coach has bested the Catalan schemer more often. They are maybe, no, they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, there is no team better in the world than that. Unlike last season, Klopp could not call on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to penetrate City with runs from midfield due to the former Arsenal player's long-term knee injury lay-off.

Questioned about who will win the top of the table clash on Merseyside during his Ask Keown column in the Daily Mail on Thursday, Keown said: "I've gone for Liverpool to win the league so they need to win this one. 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". They didn't have one shot on target. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem.


Liverpool scored 135 goals in all competitions last season of which 91 were scored by the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. They also dropped deeper as a back four to deny Liverpool's front three the space to get in behind them and it worked a treat. The Argentine is one of the greatest goalscorers the Premier League has seen, tipped by team-mate Bernardo Silva to one day overthrow Alan Shearer as the competition's all-time top scorer. "I don't know because we haven't spoken about it".

"I would like the police to go home at 4.30pm with their families, drink a beer and love the show".

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.

"Riyad feels deflated, he feels he has let us down", he said. "If we had defended like we did against Napoli today, it's a 7-0". I don't think about him differently for this game because he's a former Liverpool player.

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