Manchester City's tactics showed Pep Guardiola's respect for Liverpool - Virgil van Dijk

Manchester City's tactics showed Pep Guardiola's respect for Liverpool - Virgil van Dijk

Asked if Sunday's stalemate shows they are closer to catching City, he said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams".

'I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start.

City are top on goal difference, with Chelsea second and Liverpool dropping to third, two points ahead of Arsenal, who routed Fulham 5-1 for their ninth successive win in all competitions.

If only we could press a reset button on the attack and Liverpool would surely be top of the table now rather than sharing first place with Man City and Chelsea.

But after losing on his three previous visits to Anfield as City boss, Guardiola took the positives from taking a point from one of the few venues the champions were defeated last season.

"Up and down they are the best team in the world".

"It's not even necessarily having someone who comes in and plays every single game. That is what Jurgen feels and the players build, and in that situation they are much better". It's true under a new manager and management they may not look as risky as City or Liverpool but surely they will be the dark horses or will at least make the opposition team tremendously hard to get the 3 points this season.

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However, there's no doubt that that the performance levels have been lower than what we've come to expect from this Liverpool side.

That Jürgen Klopp's side came through the period with an unbeaten record in the league intact - and a valuable Champions League win over PSG, too - is encouraging for Wijnaldum.

"It is an unbelievable challenge to face Man City and as the last game it makes the challenge even bigger", Klopp said.

"We want to create something, but they wait when you make a mistake". Both teams were set up well out of possession but showed each other a lot of respect.

Yet he was typically tough on himself after gifting the late penalty by diving in on substitute Leroy Sane, with the towering centre half insisting it is lesson he must learn swiftly. "I want to keep doing it and keep everyone happy".

But when I watch the Gunners, I don't see a team that can challenge for the title.

The Reds were billed as Manchester City's most-likely challengers in the 2018-19 season after Jurgen Klopp brought in four new signings in the summer transfer window.

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