Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty as Liverpool and Manchester City shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Chelsea's win at Southampton earlier in the day had seen them overtake the pair and take top spot, but a win for either side would have seen them become the outright leaders -- and earn a significant psychological blow.
City were determined to end their dismal recent record at Anfield, where they have now failed to register a victory for 15 years -- and were presented with a glorious opportunity when Mahrez should have won it for City in the 86th minute after Virgil van Dijk was penalised for bringing down Leroy Sane in the box. Mahrez fought off Jesus to take the penalty but blasted his spot-kick well over the crossbar.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said: "We competed and we controlled them in terms of the counter attack with their front three. Our back four was so good and we enjoyed a lot of patient build up, but we didn’t create much after that. It’s a good result. We tried to win and we didn’t concede at Anfield which is quite special. We had our chance and we tried to be ourselves."
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “It is a very intense, unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always - I’ve said that before - and as the last game of an intense period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so I am really happy with what the boys did today. The start in the game was fantastic and I liked it, but if you want to win against City you have to use a few of these half-chances or whatever it is in these moments.
“We’ve played City now that often and they’re just outstanding. In no game we’ve played so far the game was that kind of level like it was today, even when we won 3-0 at home or 4-3 at home. When we won 2-1 at City, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn’t know how to come out. Then we had our moments of course, but over the full match time it was never like that. It is for both teams really intense what we are doing and both showed respect for the other team. Don’t lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem.”
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Raghav Mittal has grown up with Sports basically a part of his DNA. Having completed his graduation in BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management from Nottingham Trent University (England), he has worked for the likes of Nottingham Forest FC and Liverpool FC. Raghav might be a part of our Football team but that isn’t where his love for Sports is limited to - Cricket, Formula 1, Tennis, Athletics, Golf, and Basketball bring out the passion in him just as much!