The global break now arrives for Liverpool following a run of seven fixtures in 23 days that included encounters with City, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Napoli. "They play for that", Guardiola said.
Silva's pass sent Mahrez, preferred to Sane, running through the middle but his angled shot rolled past the far post while a frustrated Aguero, who has never scored in his 10 games at Anfield, was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with 25 minutes remaining and retired to the bench with his hood pulled up.
So should Klopp be rotating?
With two unbeaten league records on the line a close match was always likely, City appearing wary of Liverpool's threat having already lost three times to Jurgen Klopp's side in 2018.
"So there's nothing better than playing these type of games". So they have played three big games against their rivals in the first eight games and they find themselves where they are without their front three firing. I think he touched the ball a bit but not enough. We tried to be ourselves all the time and we compete really, really good.
A match billed as a clash between the two title favourites failed to live up to lofty expectations with both teams struggling to create clear chances at Anfield on Sunday. The goalkeeper. We can not forget against which team we compete and we made that performance. It was unbelievable, playing these teams, it is really hard. "It was [a game] every three days and it's so hard".
"I have a really good relationship with Pep".
"I thought how we defended was brilliant apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save". We have to start thinking about the players.
Klopp is aware that most of his players will play for their countries regardless of fatigue, but Sky Sports pundit Craig Bellamy pointed out another danger of global breaks.
Guardiola did not want his side to be undone by the bloodying red attacking blurs that have come to define and decide these fixtures and admitted he meant to oversee a match of attrition rather than attacking splendour.
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