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Liverpool, over the first two months of the season at least, have emerged as the most potent challengers to City's hopes of retaining the Premier League title won in such spectacular fashion last season. Aguero is City's usual penalty-taker, but he had been substituted, leading to an on-field discussion as to who would take it. "We control it through Riyad (Mahrez), Bernardo (Silva), the guys to give the extra pass". We controlled much better than in the past, and with the second balls, on which they are masters. They remain on five points, one place above the relegation zone.

WORST PLAYER - It's harsh because Van Dijk hadn't done too much wrong in the match up until the penalty, but it was a awful decision to bring down Leroy Sane, one that could have cost his side the game.

That incident brought late drama, but after the thrills of the four meetings last season, this was something of an anti-climax.

Yet there was a sense of what could have been for Guardiola, as City had two clear penalty kick shouts in each half (other than the one Mahrez skied). Don't lose the ball in risky positions because when you lose the ball there they counterattack with [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mané and [Mohamed] Salah.

It may not have been the free-flowing City that has carried it all before it - but it was a more nuanced tactical approach created to avoid the carnage of last season at Anfield and nearly resulted in a crucial victory.

The Premier League now takes a two-week break for the global window with City next in action at home to Burnley on October 20th.

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It has also been achieved, barring a couple of occasions, without scaling the exhilarating heights that saw teams blown away by a barrage of goals and attacking football on numerous occasions last season. "It looks like they are in a good shape", said Klopp.

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: "Their defence did well".

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino only had two touches in the City penalty area - and only 21 in total.

"We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it's just good", he said. Those sort of moments can go both ways.

Barkley's goal came via his knee from a few metres out and completed a memorable few days for the midfielder who has been recalled to the England squad for the forthcoming games against Croatia and Spain.

Their time will surely come again - and when it does Liverpool's title aspirations will carry even greater weight.


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