But Mahrez should have won it for City with four minutes to go after Virgil van Dijk was penalised for bringing down Leroy Sane, instead blasting his spot-kick well over the crossbar. They didn't have one shot on target.
Jurgen Klopp said he is satisfied with Liverpool's points total after a hard run and described the resumption of the UEFA Nations League as "the most senseless competition" in football. The logic was similar to that which lay behind the use of Ilkay Gundogan in a right-sided role in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last season, but this time it achieved the desired result, protecting the full-backs and giving City an element of control.
"For both teams it was really intense, and both showed respect for the other team". Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem.
"Both teams did well, and we were a bit lucky with the penalty of course". So stick around and I'll give you instant highlights of the goals as they go in, along with the usual pre-match chat.
The extent to which that was City's doing and to which it was down to Liverpool being a little off-colour is hard to say.
"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent".
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Liverpool's front three hasn't yet found the form of February and March yet this season with the wide players, Mohammed Salah in particular, diminished by the more defensive approach being adopted by the full-backs. That is why I have so much credit for what we have done.
Riyad Mahrez took one of the worst penalties in recent memory at Anfield and some say the ball is till travelling as we speak. We were back on track even after we had to change Milly [James Milner] which you never want to do, especially in the first half.
"It was a tough game against the champions and I'm happy that we kept the clean sheet, especially after the penalty".
"You can not defend them 100 per cent over 95 minutes, so they will always have their moments but I thought how we defended was brilliant apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save".
Opta tell us that Klopp's record of seven wins against Guardiola is unprecedented - no other coach has bested the Catalan schemer more often. "We had a clear chance in the last action so we controlled quite well".