Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool boss Klopp: Arsenal are title contenders

Liverpool boss Klopp: Arsenal are title contenders

City's Riyad Mahrez blazed a penalty kick over the crossbar five minutes from time at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool remained unbeaten at home in the league since April 2017. There was none of the champagne football of recent encounters, no stunning passages of play, no moments of magic from Mohamed Salah or David Silva.

Riyad Mahrez's late missed penalty could prove to be a key moment in the title race, however, in what could have been a cruel blow for Jurgen Klopp's side.

He's a footballer who plays in the position of striker and so it really isn't very surprising that scoring goals is pretty much his modus operandi and probably his favourite thing to do in the world. After all it can not, and should not, always be about the forwards.

Klopp shuffled his defence for the visit of City, with Dejan Lovren brought into central defence and Joe Gomez moved from the middle to right-back. Klopp's liverpool looked nervous throughout the game, with Salah, Mane and Firmino all off the pace.

Those worries are surely premature, with the intense nature of that run of games being sure to take a toll in the legs of a hard-running outfit at some point, and that aforementioned trip to Yorkshire starts off a more favourable run of fixtures the far side of the upcoming worldwide break. Guardiola deployed the pace and height of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back: last season, the less mobile and imposing Nicolas Otamendi played in both away games and was swamped by Liverpool's front three. Benjamin Mendy has recovered in time and starts at left-back. Regardless of the result, I'm expecting goals plenty of talking points and some red-hot chat on the live blog! We used the ball better.

Reflecting on the stalemate, Robertson added: "We started well".

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Sarri's assessment was not shared by Southampton boss Mark Hughes, however, whose side sit two points above the relegation places.

Guardiola also admitted after the game that it was "quite special" to keep a clean sheet at Anfield as he, once again, strayed into Mourinho territory by cherishing the shut-out.

He does believe Liverpool will be one of them, though. Unlike last season, Klopp could not call on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to penetrate City with runs from midfield due to the former Arsenal player's long-term knee injury lay-off. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is likely to cover. Having won six games in a row, did they?

It took until the 62nd minute for both teams to register a shot on target as they cancelled each other out, before City were given a golden opportunity when Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have upended Leroy Sane in the penalty area.

But many Liverpool fans disagreed.

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