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After the game, Van Dijk accepted the referee was right to point to the spot and expressed his relief that the incident did not cost his team - as Riyad Mahrez sent the kick over the crossbar.

A header from Joe Gomez invited Mohamed Salah to surge forward and, despite John Stones moving across to confront him, the Egypt forward's trickery and control created an opening and the space to unleash a drive. We should talk about the game, the football.

Guardiola is the purists' purist - the manager who will never sacrifice the principles forged at Barcelona and put into further practice at Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.

The 27-year-old has admitted that City's clash with Liverpool on Sunday will be the Citizens most hard challenge on the road this season. They are maybe, no, they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, there is no team better in the world than that. All of Liverpool's starting front six had been involved in both the defeat away to Napoli on Wednesday and the draw at Chelsea last Saturday, and it may be they were suffering a touch of fatigue after three such tough games in a week. "In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact. They remain on five points, one place above the relegation zone.

But for the most part this was a game the fascination of which lay in how it defied expectation, two managers noted for their cavalier outlook adopting more pragmatic approaches and contriving to neuter both their opponents and themselves.

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"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty", Guardiola said. It's still early in the season, but City will likely feel this was dropped points against a key Premier League rival.

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: "Their defence did well. That's the work they have to do, the analysis of penalty-takers".

Ramsey started and finished one of the goals of the season, scoring with the sort of flick that even Johan Cruyff would have approved of.

Those worries are surely premature, with the intense nature of that run of games being sure to take a toll in the legs of a hard-running outfit at some point, and that aforementioned trip to Yorkshire starts off a more favourable run of fixtures the far side of the upcoming worldwide break.

It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be.

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