Robertson: Title race not just a two horse race

Robertson: Title race not just a two horse race

But after clinging onto a point, Liverpool remain undefeated from their first eight Premier League games, although they are third in the table as City and Chelsea boast better goal differences. "We control it through Riyad (Mahrez), Bernardo (Silva), the guys to give the extra pass".

The game did not live up to expectations but, after suffering two chastening defeats at the same venue last season, Guardiola opted to play at a slower tempo this time in order to nullify Liverpool. City would have to play with a level of pragmatism usually not needed in their play.

And to match City, Liverpool must be ruthless against "lesser" opponents.

"Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect", Van Dijk told reporters. "He's a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches, but on a daily basis in training".

Pep Guardiola, aware of how twice on this ground last season Liverpool blew them away in a 25-minute spell, appeared to have set up his side to absorb much of the early and take the sting out of Liverpool with a view to capitalising later on. But sometimes it is simply a failure - or reluctance - to acknowledge the part of the game that is crucial for any team with aspirations of winning major honours. We know how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how unsafe they are.

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But they were determined to end their dismal recent record at Anfield, where they have now failed to register a victory for 15 years - and were presented with a glorious opportunity five minutes from time when Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane in the box.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp issued an initial update and it looks like positive news as the Reds boss revealed that Milner doesn't think the injury will be a serious one.

While many Chelsea fans are desperate to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek get some first team football for the club, his fellow countryman Ross Barkley has been the English midfielder to thrive at under Sarri so far this season.

He added: "My relationship with my team-mates has also been very good, especially with the Brazilians like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson". Watching them is really good.

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".

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