Guardiola tells Man City players: Blame me for Liverpool pen

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Ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp hails Pep Guardiola as the world's greatest manager.

Liverpool's boss was happy with the way his team played after a gruelling run of games which saw them play PSG, Chelsea twice, Napoli and Man City in the space of just over two weeks. While he can be quite efficient from free kicks, it seems like the next time, somebody else should take the penalty kicks.

"He has played against Liverpool at Anfield before", said Guardiola, adding, "he didn't start last season for the first time but that was for a tactical reason".

Liverpool eliminated Man City from the UEFA Champions League last season.

City pasted Liverpool 5-0 in their first league clash last season, but the Reds enjoyed the rub of the green after that with a 4-3 victory at Anfield and would go on to defeat the Citizens 5-1 over two legs in the Champions League quarter-final. In no game, we played so far, the game that kind of level like it was today.

When he is on form and linking up the play, as he was doing for much of today's game, he makes City look nearly unplayable in the middle of the park, regardless of how tightly you press them. Liverpool was never able to build up the sort of momentum it had for spells all three of the games it won against City last season. Don't lose the ball in risky positions because when you lose the ball there they counterattack with [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mané and [Mohamed] Salah.

Liverpool's wins were based on two three-goal blitzes in each game - three in nine minutes in the first game and three in 19 minutes in the second - when their intense, pressing style spearheaded by the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Salah did the damage. David Silva had a cross-shot blocked in the 38th minute - a nothing moment but one which saved City from failing to register an attempt in the first half of a Premier League game for the first time since April 2010 against Arsenal. "It looks like they are in a good shape", said Klopp.

Hazard was once again at his imperious best to net his seventh league goal and remain this season's top scorer. But Mahrez, who had fought off Gabriel Jesus to take the spot-kick, ballooned his effort over the bar. As it was we didn't score and they could have got a goal so we had to stay switched on. "Liverpool were an excellent team last season and since then they have bought some more incredible players to fight against us".

"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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