Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Gary Neville rules Arsenal and Chelsea out of the title race

Gary Neville rules Arsenal and Chelsea out of the title race

"We want to create something, but they wait when you make a mistake".

Guardiola admitted after the game that his team were deeper than usual as they controlled Liverpool's rapid forward line expertly.

Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark.

Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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The league normally starts to take shape after eight to 10 games, and when I look at the top and bottom of the table, it is not too far away from how I think it will finish in May.

It did mean, however, Liverpool extended their run of not conceding a home league goal to 841 minutes stretching back to February 24 and Michail Antonio's consolation for West Ham. Eighty-five minutes, you obviously get a bit tired and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do.

Yes, Chelsea are still unbeaten and Sarri has made an impressive start, but they are still a work in progress compared to City and Liverpool, who remain the teams to beat. You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant. The Gunners lost their first two matches of the season, against Manchester City and Chelsea, but Sunday's 5-1 demolition of Fulham was their ninth consecutive victory in all competitions. The penalty and one or two situations that need a really good save, that is true, but we played City now that often and they are just outstanding. "We've had some hard games but we will continue". That was really important to see it agains, to adjust a few things. We did well up until the penalty moment. We were back on track even after we had to change Milly [James Milner] which you never want to do, especially in the first half.

And with that, he's missed four of his last six penalty kicks.

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