Riyad Mahrez comments on Manchester City penalty miss against Liverpool

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Manchester City were awarded the penalty after a poorly timed tackle from Reds defender Virgil van Dijk on City winger Leroy Sane.

"At the end we need to be happy - I need to be happy - that we didn't lose it because of the penalty". "But they still pressed and still tried to play their game".

Quoted in the Mirror, he said: 'It won't affect me at all.

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.

"We've had a great start to the season and we want to keep it going".

The draw maintains Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season and sees them remain level on points with City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. 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. The former FC Barcelona gaffer said, "Salah is younger, it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future, but a guy who has the quality to score almost 50 goals in a season always has that quality. Against a very good team we managed to do that".

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While he has been impressed by their, he reckons Sarri's side are too reliant on Eden Hazard, who scored his ninth goal of the campaign in the 3-0 victory over Southampton on Sunday. Everyone misses penalties, even big, big players.

Mahrez blew a late spotkick in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Liverpool. "I think what happened in the summer with Liverpool, signing Fabinho, signing Keita, and also trying to get Fekir from Lyon, I think that tells you how Jurgen sees the midfield".

The manner in which both teams pressed each other didn't lead to the goal fest many predicted, but it made for a very tight, tense and intense match.

I also have my concerns about Sarri's side defensively, namely with David Luiz playing in a four-man defence. As former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness observed after the game, all three have their qualities as team players but none of them possess the vision or flair to make a difference in an attacking sense.

"Yeah, it was not an easy month playing against Champions League teams", he said.

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