Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City’s Champions League failure has only strengthened his belief in his footballing philosophies.
But it was Adam Lallana who should have scored the decisive goal, the England global somehow mishitting his shot from eight yards after sublime Liverpool build-up play as both teams lost ground on Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the second – with Manchester United now just four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s fourth-placed side.
But, despite chances aplenty in the closing stages of a thrilling clash, there was no victor for third placed City, who are now 12 points behind Chelsea and stay just one point ahead of fourth placed Liverpool.
Richard Jolly was at the Etihad Stadium and offers his analysis from the pulsating contest.
The match against Liverpool could be a historic one for the Citizens, if they win they will become the eighth Premier League side to record 200 home wins.
City are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and two behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur while Liverpool are a further point back.
“More than ever I want to help the club, if I am able and if they want to stay with me, to put in the next years to be there with the next step forward”.
The deadlock was broken six minutes after the restart when James Milner scored from the penalty spot following Gael Clichy’s clumsy challenge on Sadio Mane.
The Reds head into the game looking to build on their 2-1 comeback win over Burnley at Anfield last weekend as they bid to keep their top-four hopes on track. Like all matches, we create more chances but this is our problem, our problem is we don’t score goals.
“To be active, you need to be fearless”.
Mane had a chance to burst past John Stones after a City mistake in the middle, the defender reacting well to slide in and tackle. “It’s good if you get a point here in a game like this”.
“I thought we could have won this game because their goalkeeper made a few outstanding saves”.
“I’m really focused on the moment and if I think about something then it’s the future”.
“We are still in a battle, that’s how it is”, Klopp added on Champions League qualification. “All the rest must fight with everything they have until the end of season”.
“If we do it then that’s a success and if we don’t then we will be disappointed”.
“But we won’t stop working or believing in this project”.