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Premier League stats: Manchester City could improve on last season, says Gracenote

10 October, 2018, 09:49 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Fans of Liverpool react as the Manchester City team bus arrives prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield

Asked if Sunday's stalemate shows they are closer to catching City, he said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams. Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jürgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays", said Fabinho. After strengthening significantly in the summer, the expectation will be on Liverpool in getting a result with the hope of reclaiming the league title for the first time since the 89/90 season.

"If we look at the rest, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho and even Gini Wijnaldum to some extent, while they're very good midfielders, they've not got an abundance of goals in them".

Klopp did not push his full-backs - Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez - up the pitch because he knew City could hurt Liverpool on the break.

Liverpool have been backed to win the Premier League title "soon" by former Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Liverpool defeated Manchester City in their last four meetings including City's knock-off at the Champions League last season.

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"At the end we need to be happy - I need to be happy - that we didn't lose it because of the penalty".

"If somebody would have told me after eight match days you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list 'I'll buy it, let's start with the ninth match day!'". Liverpool could have lost the one point they gained if Mahrez didn't miss the penalty. Both teams were set up well out of possession but showed each other a lot of respect.

Tottenham won on Saturday to keep their title challenge on track but Manchester United and their manager Jose Mourinho grabbed the headlines after United battled back from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle 3-2.

Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar.

"I think they saw today we tried everything, and we came back and from the mental point of view it's a very important three points".

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