Mahrez misses late penalty as Man City draw at Liverpool

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The Premier League title became tighter as the defending champions, Manchester City was held on a goalless draw by Liverpool at Anfield.

"So close. It's one of those things in football". That now stands at five misses in eight attempts after his penalty soared high into the Anfield Road stand.

Jamie Carragher analysed Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss at Anfield on Sunday and highlighted the excellent research that goalkeeping coach John Achterberg put into predicting the way the Algerian would take his pen.

"We have to start thinking about the players". We have to build something as a team.

In an exchange with Sky, Guardiola said: 'He (Mahrez) had the courage to hit the penalty. That's why we controlled it so good. As former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness observed after the game, all three have their qualities as team players but none of them possess the vision or flair to make a difference in an attacking sense.

The Belgian said he did not know if he had ever played better than this season.

Liverpool made the stronger start, although Manchester City went on to control proceedings in the first half as they slowed the game down.

"I am really happy with what the boys did today", Klopp said.

Nevertheless, the second half started with more goal by both the teams and they got many chances to win the game. You need to finish.

'The usual taker is Sergio Aguero but he wasn't there. In no game, we played so far, the game that kind of level like it was today. We know how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how risky they are. It is for both teams it was really intense and both showed respect for the other team. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have big problems. It was with the penalty but we had good chances as well.

An global break now beckons and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned its timing - and the demands it is placing on players.

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent". One situation and they are alone in front of your goalie, or alone in the box and they shoot and score an easy goal.

Goals are guaranteed, they said.

"We had on Wednesday a little setback for sure".

Liverpool eliminated Man City from the UEFA Champions League last season. I thought how we defended was brilliant. No doubt about that.

Saints exposed them at the back but missed two sitters, firstly through Danny Ings to go 1-0 up and then when Ryan Bertrand could have equalised.

The Spanish coach finished the love-in between himself and Klopp. They didn't have one shot on target. I think he feels he let us down, but how he played for us, he gave everything, kept the ball and was top. "We had our chance".