Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: 3 things we learned

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Despite concerns over his ability to adapt to the former Napoli manager's style of play, Barkley has improved both his physical and technical attributes, and now looks ready to play a leading role in Chelsea's title challenge this season.

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.

In the end he was proved correct, because while Jesus was not guaranteed to score, Mahrez missed his penalty spectacularly, a miss which was his fifth out of the last eight penalties he's taken.

"We can play a lot better but on days when you are not at your best it is important not to drop points".

Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.

"But we deserve this bit of luck with this performance".

And were it not for Riyad Mahrez's botched penalty after an unforgivable loss of composure from Virgil van Dijk, the Reds would have suffered their first league defeat of the season. With Pep Guardiola likely to welcome back Kevin De Bruyne from injury after the global break, City's attacking options from midfield will enjoy a significant boost.

The Reds were billed as Manchester City's most-likely challengers in the 2018-19 season after Jurgen Klopp brought in four new signings in the summer transfer window. "We had our chances as well, it was not as if it was their game", said Gomez, who admitted they were fortunate to escape with Mahrez's failure from the spot. It's part of football - sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said.

The well known pundit was joined by former Red Craig Bellamy for a meeting of the minds, and between them they managed to produce almost no new insight into the world of football.

Pep Guardiola's City was denied a penalty claim in the 20th minute when Sergio Aguero was fouled by Dejan Lovren but, that incident apart, there was little to get the crowd excited in the first half.

"However, it was important that we didn't lose". We didn't create much but that is normal because they are so strong.

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