Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool players need break after Man City draw

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool players need break after Man City draw

Liverpool and City canceled each other out as they shared their first 0-0 draw at Anfield since 1986. The Champions League exit to the Reds in April was one of the rare occasions when the City boss has chosen to try to tame the opposition, rather than steamroller them using his own attacking principles. We played so well so if you want to analyse the result it was okay.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday's crunch clash, Guardiola said: "He (Salah) is younger and it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future". We like to make the process, to build up, to make the spaces, it is not easy.

The Algeria forward had been a peripheral figure in a game of few chances - he, ironically, had come closest to breaking the deadlock with a second half shot that Liverpool keeper Alisson saved - but he was propelled into the spotlight in the 85th minute.

"John is a goalkeeper maniac", said Jurgen Klopp in August. "They play for that", Guardiola said. That's why we controlled it so good. It is important to give that pace, that up and down.

"They are incredibly quick and we controlled them. I want to keep doing it and keep everyone happy".

"You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team with outstanding character". "If you make mistakes, they punish you", Guardiola told his post-match news conference. Then we had our moments, but over the full match time it was never like that.

"Today finishes off a very intense period for us with unbelievable games". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there they counterattack with [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mané and [Mohamed] Salah. "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

Pep Guardiola had lost on all three of his previous visits to Anfield as City manager and the champions looked unnerved from their recent experiences early on. "You have to call the manager of any country and say, "Can you leave players out?' and he says, 'I am under pressure as well", said Klopp.

Liverpool also played with one eye on the clean sheet, for maybe different reasons.

It also extended Liverpool's run without conceding a home league goal to 811 minutes.

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 per cent, they will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save".

"We had on Wednesday a little setback for sure".