This was the match of the day and both teams were hoping for a victory to close the gap with the leader Chelsea. After an early exit in the Champions League against French leaders AS Monaco, MCFC aimed at a marquee win against rivals Liverpool. Aguero saved the point for the Citizens who conclude a complicated week. They sit at the third place 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with only 30 points still for grab. Actually, from the second to the seventh place there is only 9 points differential, preparing fans for an exciting final stretch of the season.
Man City Coach Guardiola on the game:
“After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don’t talk too much. We arrive here against Liverpool who have no Europe all season and one week to prepare. The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager.
“We created more than them. Our problem is we don’t score when they are easy goals. At least we showed spirit that we didn’t show in the first half in Monaco.
“When you approach one game after 10 games winning nothing is special. You have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team – they have exceptional players – means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.”
Liverpool coach Klopp:
City [showed] how strong they are and how good they are, it’s really difficult to play them. But again we did well. So, am I proud about the performance? Yes, of course. But maybe I’m a lucky guy and I’ve had a few nicer moments in my life.
It’s a good moment, actually. It’s very important for us that we again gave this sign to all the people who are interested in us that we can really perform like this. It’s really not easy, otherwise all the teams would do it. The lads did really well, so I’m fine with this. I can change it, maybe I’m not right, but I thought we would have deserved to win a little bit more.