Man City fullback Walker: I'd rather mark Salah than Aguero

Calvin Saunders
October 8, 2018

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after Virgil van Dijk felled Leroy Sane inside the box with a little over five minutes to go.

City, meanwhile, adjusted shape, the usual 4-3-3 becoming 4-4-2 with David Silva operating as a second striker behind Sergio Aguero. They didn't have one shot on target.

The 12 days leading up to the worldwide break had been highlighted as a key period for Liverpool's season, and it won none of the four matches it played in that run, a frustrating end to Jurgen Klopp's third year as manager at Anfield.

The 27-year-old has admitted that City's clash with Liverpool on Sunday will be the Citizens most hard challenge on the road this season. I liked it, but if you want to win against City, you have to use a few of these half-chances. They will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations, where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

I just can't see this being anything else but an intense, high-octane shootout, with so many outstanding attacking talents on show. "We were a bit lucky with the penalty of course, that was clear".

Jesus went down holding his face after a stray hand from Lovren but City's third penalty appeal also went unheard, while Sturridge's weak header was scooped up by Ederson as more half-chances came and went. "For a higher rhythm you need space and both teams didn't give any space away".

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"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent". Salah remains an excellent player and will score goals in the future.

"It shouldn't have happened but obviously I'm happy that we didn't concede".

"If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I'd have said "yes", but with the fixture list we had, I'd have said "I'll buy it, let's start on the ninth matchday".

"We wanted to bounce back from our defeat against Napoli and I think we did".

Pep Guardiola, aware of how twice on this ground last season Liverpool blew them away in a 25-minute spell, appeared to have set up his side to absorb much of the early and take the sting out of Liverpool with a view to capitalising later on.

"We controlled it with Riyad, the guy who could give the extra pass; Bernardo in the middle, to give you an extra pass".

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