Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

English Premier League result: Manchester City hold onto 3rd after Liverpool draw

English Premier League result: Manchester City hold onto 3rd after Liverpool draw

"It was hard to start this game, it was Liverpool, a massive game, but after a big defeat against Monaco when we suffered a lot after the elimination, we did it".

"So, to be a coach and see your team play this way, it is going to be magnificent to see".

Pep Guardiola congratulates Sergio Aguero after the draw yesterday. How you defend one cross is the quality because you are good at headers.

City's players, Guardiola revealed, had been moping around the training ground - "they were so, so sad" - since the team's Champions League elimination by Monaco on Thursday, and now faced a direct rival for the top four that specialises in winning heavyweight Premier League games.

The 31-year-old netted his seventh Premier League goal of the season from the penalty spot after 51 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to give Liverpool the lead, only for it to be cancelled out by Sergio Aguero. "It is one of the days I am proud of the most". "We conceded some chances but we created more than them".

The hosts' players - including Yaya Toure and David Silva - fumed at referee Michael Oliver after Gael Clichy was adjudged to have fouled Roberto Firmino with a high boot in the box. "The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager".

Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range.

"We're disappointed not to get three points having been ahead, but a draw was a fair result in the end".

Both sides had chances to win the game in a breathless finale, Kevin De Bruyne hitting a post for City and Adam Lallana horribly miscuing with only the goalkeeper to beat. Liverpool have taken 20 points from 30 against other sides in the current top six this campaign only to come unstuck against teams lower down. How the Reds regret slipping up so often against the league's lower-placed side. "That is then well deserved and all the rest fight with all they have for the Champions League".

Manchester United are in fifth with 52 points, four behind Liverpool, but with two games in hand, while Arsenal and Everton, who go to Anfield for the Merseyside derby immediately after the global break, are level on 50 points.

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