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Liverpool 0-0 Man City

Liverpool 0-0 Man City”

After the game, Van Dijk accepted the referee was right to point to the spot and expressed his relief that the incident did not cost his team - as Riyad Mahrez sent the kick over the crossbar.

Those worries are surely premature, with the intense nature of that run of games being sure to take a toll in the legs of a hard-running outfit at some point, and that aforementioned trip to Yorkshire starts off a more favourable run of fixtures the far side of the upcoming global break.

"If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I'd have said "yes", he added.

"We didn't adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine".

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he believed they paid Chelsea "too much respect" and pointed to a first-half miss by Danny Ings, who blasted over from a couple of meters, as a game-changer.

A more reasonably hard and reasonably spaced-out set of games can see the reds return to playing with the zip of a month ago and keep their title challenge on track.

Jamie Carragher analysed Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss at Anfield on Sunday and highlighted the excellent research that goalkeeping coach John Achterberg put into predicting the way the Algerian would take his pen. Having played their Champions League game later in the week, and further distance away, than their opponents there was concerns they couldn't keep up their usual intensity. "The start of the game was fantastic". If you want to win against Man City you have to use a few of these half chances. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it. You need to finish.

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent".

So far this season they have played 24 games in all competitions and scored nine. Even when we won 3-0 at home and 4-3 at home, it was not like that. Maybe we need two penalties to score one goal. "Both teams did well". Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have a big problem.

"Both teams did well, and we were a bit lucky with the penalty of course. I don't know. I [asked] him: 'Big one?' and he said: 'I don't think so, but big enough that I go off'".



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