Better Things Around The Corner For Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool
Oct 09 2018
The German coach was pleased with a point from Sunday's top of the table clash with City, which left the pair level with Chelsea on 20 points and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho has strangled the life out of games at Anfield a couple of times and been condemned for it, but Guardiola now appears to have taken a leaf out of the United manager's book by accepting that tactics need to be altered for games like these. "I am happy with the results we got".
"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. Maybe when we won 2-1 at City, they pushed us in our own 18-yard box and we didn't know exactly how to come out.
"I think sometimes, not always, we can do better, they had two or three opportunities".
"As it is it's great progress from last season, we competed against them, they're a top team".
City, meanwhile, adjusted shape, the usual 4-3-3 becoming 4-4-2 with David Silva operating as a second striker behind Sergio Aguero. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have a big problem. "Against a very good team we managed to do that". Against City, if you don't defend half spaces they are constantly between your midfield and your last line, you have to constantly jump from your last line, which you don't want to do that often.
It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact.
"As a back four that is what we are aiming for".
The visitors were awarded a spot-kick in the 85th minute but Riyad Mahrez's effort sailed high over the bar. 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.