United Kingdom - Liverpool and Manchester City
escaped with their unbeaten Premier League records intact after a disappointing
0-0 draw at Anfield, but both failed to inflict an early blow in the title
As it happened: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City
Far from the
enthralling encounters between the sides last season, neither team hit top gear
as City halted a run of three straight defeats by Liverpool but passed up the
biggest chance to win the game when Riyad Mahrez blasted a late penalty over
Here are three
things learned on Sunday:
PEP PLAYS IT SAFE
City boss Pep Guardiola had lost on
all three of his previous visits to Anfield and learned his lessons from last
While Guardiola admitted his
decision to opt for control had hindered City's creativity, the visitors' use
of the ball minimised Liverpool's opportunities to spring quick
"If you play so quick they are
much better than us," said Guardiola.
"We want to create something,
but they wait when you make a mistake.
"If it is an open game at
Anfield you don't even have a one-percent chance."
SALAH SLUMP IS REAL
Even with Liverpool's
limited chances, the Mohamed Salah of last season would surely have guaranteed
In keeping with his
slump in form so far this campaign, Salah snatched at shots when offered a
clear sight of goal early on and on a rare effective Liverpool break 20 minutes
Jurgen Klopp insisted
before the match he was not concerned by the Egyptian's form.
But Salah has now
scored just once since August at club level and that was a tap-in from barely a
yard in a routine 3-0 victory over Southampton.
MORE THAN A TWO-WAY RACE
Billed as a showdown
between the champions and the most likely challengers to their title, City and
Liverpool ended the day in a three-way share of the Premier League lead
Arsenal moved into
fourth, just two points back, with a highly impressive 5-1 thrashing of Fulham
earlier on Sunday to record their ninth straight win in all competitions.
And Tottenham are also
only two points off the top despite their early-season struggles with a World
Cup hangover and the uncertainty over when their new stadium will be ready for
"I knew it
before," said Klopp when quizzed if Liverpool have to beat more than City
to land a first title in 29 years.
"Arsenal is two
points behind and they won six games in a row, more with the Cup games. It
looks like they are in a good shape."