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It's a good draw and we deserved to win.

Of players who have taken at least 10 Premier League penalties, only Juan Pablo Angel (five of 10) has a lower success rate than Mahrez (seven of 12).

City, probably, is a little closer retaining the Premier League title for the first time, but the small step it took could have been a significant one had Riyad Mahrez not missed an 86th-minute penalty and so wasted the opportunity to give his side its first win at Anfield since 2003. They have been on a great run.

The City boss has since apologised to the Brazilian striker after telling winger Riyad Mahrez to take the 86th minute spot-kick, which he then fired over the bar. They now sit level at the top of table, with Chelsea, on 20 points after eight games of the season.

"In training he shoots flawless penalties but sometimes it happens", Guardiola said post-match.

Pep Guardiola confirmed as much afterwards when one of football's aesthetes could hardly deny that he had turned pragmatist for the day; willing to sacrifice... He was taking penalties really well in training all week.

"We had a chance at 0-0 for Danny Ings, if that goes in we get a different frame of mind", he said.

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Barkley's goal came via his knee from a few meters out and completed a memorable few days for the midfielder who has been recalled to the England squad for the forthcoming games against Croatia and Spain.

The two teams played out a contest unusually shorn of drama and attacking quality at Anfield to leave them both on 20 points. We defend so well as a team; it starts from the front with the work-rate they put in.

Reflecting on the stalemate, Robertson added: "We started well". We did well up until the penalty moment.

Liverpool also played with one eye on the clean sheet, for maybe different reasons.

The Reds impressed early on but soon faded as their title rivals gained control of a game defined by a series of big decisions from referee Martin Atkinson.

"I don't think Arsenal [will compete]", Neville told his Sky Sports podcast as he analysed the weekend's action.

"But with that fixture list I'd have said "I'll buy it, let's start on the ninth matchday". "It shouldn't happen, but obviously very happy we didn't concede".