Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Georginio Wijnaldum "disappointed" with Manchester City draw

Georginio Wijnaldum

But the Reds seem to come alive against the bigger teams, having racked up 20 points in the mini-league being fought out by six sides at the top of the table, with their draw against Manchester City on Sunday their last encounter with top six opposition for this campaign.

"We left everything on the pitch and we had chances until the last minute. If you play like we did today - you could see the passion in the team - then it's hard to beat us and that's what we must do every game".

Guardiola said City's enterprising display, so soon after their disappointment at Monaco, made it "one of (his) happiest days as a manager".

Ex-City man James Milner's 51st-minute penalty put Liverpool ahead at a soggy Etihad Stadium, but Sergio Aguero's leveller 21 minutes from time earned the hosts a deserved share of the spoils. "We are fighting every single game to be in the four who qualify for the Champions League", he added.

Sergio Aguero brought City level with 21 minutes remaining, but neither side could muster a victor and both had to settle for a point.

It was still not enough for victory, with the teams playing out a fast-paced and incident-packed 1-1 draw, but Guardiola still saw enough to proclaim it as one of the best results of his career.

A penalty was always likely in this game - played on a slick surface after pre-match rain - because of the last-ditch defending on show from both teams.

City are still involved in the FA Cup but with their title challenge seemingly over, their prime objective is now qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Milner, a former City player who had been jeered by sections of the home crowd in the first half, sent Willy Caballero the wrong way from the spot for his seventh successful penalty of the season.

That City avoided defeat also owed much to an alert defensive display by oft-criticised centre-back John Stones, who produced two important blocks either side of half-time. "One goal a year", he said with a smile.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp retorted drily: "He's Spanish".

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