Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne looks dejected as Liverpool celebrate Sadio Mane scoring his side's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recalled left-back Benjamin Mendy for his side's top of the table Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

However, the game could have been lost right at the end were it not for a awful penalty kick miss from new Manchester City signing Riyad Mahrez, who skied his spot-kick after Leroy Sane was felled in the area by Leroy Sane.

The Algeria worldwide and Gabriel Jesus had stepped up to take the penalty, before Guardiola sent Benjamin Mendy to give Mahrez the duties.

Speaking about Mahrez, he said: "He had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots ideal penalties but sometimes it happens". We want to create but when you make a mistake.

"We know how complicated it is to play this team in this stadium". Liverpool was never able to build up the sort of momentum it had for spells all three of the games it won against City last season.

"Salah is younger, it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future, but a guy who has the quality to score almost 50 goals in a season always has that quality", the City boss stressed, via The Mirror.

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"I'd just started celebrating that we'd got it, a great opportunity to win a game", Stones told Sky Sports. "It will be a good experience for him, next time it will go in".

The first shot on target came from City's Mahrez in the 62nd minute, followed by one from Liverpool's Mo Salah 35 seconds later. "It happens, so we had to move on", the England defender said.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he believed they paid Chelsea "too much respect" and pointed to a first-half miss by Danny Ings, who blasted over from a couple of metres, as a game-changer. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem.

Guardiola enthused about how the visitors operated out of possession and controlled the tempo of the encounter to nullify Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino. He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League.

"I would like the police to go home at 4.30pm with their families, drink a beer and love the show". One situation and they are alone in front of your goalie, or alone in the box and they shoot and score an easy goal.

James Milner's hamstring injury changed the complexion of the game as City took advantage of Naby Keita's arrival to exert their influence in opposition territory, although again without any real danger for their hosts. "He did not start in the first 11 today but when he was on he scored within a minute and that gives confidence for both him and us".

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