Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Three things we learned from Man City v. Liverpool

Three things we learned from Man City v. Liverpool

"I am so proud", Guardiola, whose side were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in midweek", Guardiola said.

Pep Guardiola's startling suggestion that drawing 1-1 at home to Liverpool was one of the most special days of his life could partly be explained by a sense of relief.

City's frailties at the back were again exposed in Monaco, with question marks over their defending for each of the goals they conceded in the 3-1 loss. Among those plethora of creative players, the one that could prove to be that key difference between now and end of the season, especially in the games against fellow top six sides, is Leroy Sane. "That game showed me and I am even more convinced what I want to do".

Liverpool might be confident of a good display against City as the Reds have always been in stupendous form when they play against a top side, though their form against smaller teams has been a problem.

Much has been made about the defensive mistakes from the likes of John Stones and Claudio Bravo this season but City need to get better protection for their defense, especially against the better teams who can hurt them.

"The easy angle is to say there'll be goals because of both teams' defensive frailties, but it's time now for both of them to learn".

Fourth-placed Liverpool is four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, having played two games more.

I don't think you can argue with the penalty being given.

He said: "It is all about using the experience you have and when you think of experience I heard what Jose Mourinho said and what the pundits think about it". This means a lot to me.

Two moments of magic encapsulated why Guardiola and Klopp must stick to what they know best.

Asked why his side's performance had filled him with pride, Guardiola said it was because of how they responded to their bitter European exit.

Arsenal still have 11 Premier League games to play and also have an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to contend with.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche now faces two more consecutive away games, halfway through a run of four in a row, with his team visiting bottom-of-the-table Sunderland tomorrow (Mar 18).

"If I wake up every morning and go: "Oh we lost the points there" then it wouldn't make it better, so I don't do it".

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