Guardiola won't hesitate to play Sterling at Anfield

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A 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City showed how closely matched these two teams are, with both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola setting their teams up to defend first and attack second.

But when Virgil van Dijk caught Leroy Sane in the closing stages, Mahrez had a golden chance to win the game, instead blasting his spot-kick over the crossbar.

"He had the courage to take the penalty, in training he shoots ideal penalties, but sometimes it happens", City manager Pep Guardiola said.

"During the training sessions I see him every take the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence". "He [Jesus] wanted [to take it]".

"But that would mean I forget completely how we played three days before against Chelsea, so we have to stay cool". We defended really well.

After a frantic opening phase when they struggled to get out of their own half, City were careful in possession without being over-committed, determined not to fall into the traps Klopp and Liverpool had set for them, and which they fell into, at Anfield last season.

Liverpool, who have extended their run of successive home clean sheets in the league to nine matches, will have to contend with more esteemed opponents coming to Anfield and effecting the art of containment.

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".

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Last season, the three forwards played 150 games in all competitions scoring a remarkable 91 goals, with Salah getting 44, Firmino 27 and Mane 20.

Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions have started the new season in good form, and are top of the table heading into tomorrow's clash with title rivals Liverpool. One of them is no longer at the club and the other is out injured for the season. We used the ball better.

Guardiola admitted City played a much slower game than in his previous visits to Anfield to restrict Liverpool's ability to punish any mistakes - describing Klopp's side as the best in the world at it. One situation and they are alone in front of your goalie, or alone in the box and they shoot and score an easy goal.

The Merseyside outfit came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after former Manchester City striker Sturridge netted a late equaliser.

For a side aiming to win the Premier League, goals from midfield is a necessity.

"I made the decision to shoot in the middle - the ball went up".

"I would say we were 90 percent spot on ... but it has come after a tough period", manager Juergen Klopp said. I don't think about him differently for this game because he's a former Liverpool player.

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