Neville slams 'selfish' Mahrez for Man City spotkick howler

Marcus Newton
October 9, 2018

Virgil van Dijk believes the fact Manchester City adopted a slightly cautious approach at Anfield is a sign that Liverpool have earned Pep Guardiola's "respect".

But after eight games I still think it's very early to think about Chelsea challenging (Man City or Liverpool)'.

"We were close more than ever to win here".

Jordan Henderson was a hero for Liverpool last season but now with the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho fans are slowly starting to realize what an average player the Englishman really is. We want to create but when you make a mistake - if it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one per cent of a chance.

The top of the Premier League could not be much tighter, with only two points separating the top five teams, but I still cannot see beyond a two-horse title race between Manchester City and Liverpool.

Liverpool held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday which meant the Reds are still unbeaten in the league. "We had our chances as well, it was not as if it was their game", said Gomez, who admitted they were fortunate to escape with Mahrez's failure from the spot.

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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".

This was punished in Italy when Napoli stole a win in the dying minutes and the same thing nearly happened at Anfield but Riyad Mahrez's terrible penalty kick let the Merseysiders off the hook.

Jesus, who has scored two goals this season, revealed that Guardiola apologised to him after the game. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this. The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.

"If somebody had told me after eight fixtures 20 points I'd say yes but with this fixture list I would buy it", he added. "He's a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches, but on a daily basis in training". Joining City and Liverpool is Chelsea, winners on Sunday over Southampton 3-0.

I also have my concerns about Sarri's side defensively, namely with David Luiz playing in a four-man defence.

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