Virgil van Dijk has said Manchester City's caution at Anfield was a sign of respect for Liverpool and promised to learn from the foul that nearly cost Jürgen Klopp's team their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
"So there is a long way to go and there will be a lot of teams competing but we hope we are one of them".
Manchester City and Liverpool, two of the most prolific attacking sides in Europe and contenders to win the Premier League and more, faced off at Anfield on Sunday in league play, and it was a match that was expected to bring a least a couple goals. I liked it, but if you want to win against City, you have to use a few of these half-chances. "Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss", the Algerian said.
Jesus made it clear he wanted the penalty, but Guardiola passed on a message - via Benjamin Mendy - that he wanted Riyad Mahrez to take it.
"Obviously I'm not that happy", he told reporters.
"I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me", Jesus said.
Man City returned to the top of the table last week after Liverpool and Chelsea shared the points last Saturday at Stamford Bridge. "We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season when we lose and especially when we try to be ourselves all the time", he added. That's why I say, going away is not a big problem, but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says: 'I am under pressure as well, ' because now it's Nations Cup. "In the training session he shoots flawless penalties, and ok this sometimes happens so at the end it is what it is".
On this occasion he modified his tactics to nullify Liverpool's threat and Mahrez felt that approach served the team well. We have played City often and they are outstanding.
As for the impact of Sunday's draw on the title race, the Netherlands captain said: "I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games we have against mid-table and lower teams". "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said. "So as usual, he'll give all of us the ideal advice to keep getting wins, because that's all that matters".