Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk

Ilkay Gundogan is wary of the threat posed by Liverpool on Sunday

Ilkay Gundogan is wary of the threat posed by Liverpool on Sunday

'It was a decision I made and hopefully it will be the last time I make that decision at that time. "Liverpool have started so well, they have the same points us, but we were expecting that all along".

It certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter at the top of the Premier League table as Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield. Okay, we miss a bit in front, a little more creativity and pace to finish the action, but it is not easy because they are so strong and good.

Liverpool 32-year-old midfielder, James Milner suffered a hamstring injury during the EPL game against Man City = on Sunday.

Last season, City conceded seven goals in two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the league and Champions League; something had to change and there was a distinct difference to the way his team approached this fixture.

However, Guardiola was happy with the point after losing his last three games against Jurgen Klopp's side, and having done it at a ground where City haven't won in 15 years. But we have to make sure we manage it until the end of the season to keep it like this. We know how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how risky they are. "They came as they champions and it was lucky they didn't score but also unlucky we didn't score either".

"The danger is, when you try to go for more quality, you might not get someone who puts the same shift in".

Hit the video above to watch Mahrez's penalty miss.

City could have secured victory after being awarded an 86 minute penalty when substitute Leroy Sane was brought down in the box.

"You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team - which I have, thank God - with an outstanding character, ready for being fearless, ready for making mistakes against an outstanding opponent". The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty", Guardiola said.

The former Liverpool defender, who commentated on the game for Sky Sports, also offered Jurgen Klopp some transfer advice.

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