Should Gabriel Jesus have taken the penalty for City rather than Mahrez?

Should Gabriel Jesus have taken the penalty for City rather than Mahrez?

Should Gabriel Jesus have taken the penalty for City rather than Mahrez?

Liverpool and City played like two teams unwilling to give ground in the title race and also in the psychological battle in the season ahead.

It could have been more rewarding for City, but Riyad Mahrez woefully skied an 86th-minute penalty, awarded for Virgil van Dijk's ill-judged slide on Leroy Sane.

Liverpool winger Salah has made a more modest start to 2018-19, certainly in comparison to last season's 44-goal campaign, with just three goals to date. While he can be quite efficient from free kicks, it seems like the next time, somebody else should take the penalty kicks.

Liverpool, now without a win in four games, struggled to test the City goal, leaving goalkeeper Ederson largely untroubled.

"The start of the game was fantastic, I liked it, but if you want to win against City you have to use a few of these half-chances, you need to finish". There was none of the champagne football of recent encounters, no stunning passages of play, no moments of magic from Mohamed Salah or David Silva. But he is becoming less of a threat away from home, and Guardiola needs more from him.

"We hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions - the Premier League, the Champions League and all this". "In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

"I have a little break now, the players don't, they go to internationals", he told Sky Sports. But when a team plays against Liverpool, especially away from home, they simply can not go into the game without some kind of plan to stop the likes of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from wreaking havoc.

There aren't many things that stump Pep Guardiola, but it appears Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have given him many sleepless nights.

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She said: "Those of us who do respect the result - whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago - need to come together now".

However, with Guardiola short of options at the back with auxiliary left-back Fabian Delph also ruled out by injury, Mendy has been given the chance to make amends.

"It's better than last season when we lost here". I said it to the referee as well, it should have happened, but obviously very happy that we didn't concede.

"When we won 2-1 at City in the Champions League, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn't know how to come out".

"Although you're much more nervous before these type of games than in others maybe, even then after your first successful pass, first successful tackle or your first good dribble, you get more and more confidence".

It depends on your point of view, but the reality is that this was simply a day when the defenders turned up and did what they are paid to do.

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty".

But the Egypt global snatched at the chance with the confidence of a player with one goal in his last eight matches.

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