Liverpool v Man City: City remain team to beat, says Klopp

Hearts boss Craig Levein

Craig Levein has guided Hearts to a run of 13 unbeaten games this season

Manchester City and Liverpool, two of the most prolific attacking sides in Europe and contenders to win the Premier League and more, faced off at Anfield on Sunday in league play, and it was a match that was expected to bring a least a couple goals.

Liverpool and City generally provide open, expansive games with goals aplenty, but this meeting was a tiresome affair short on flair and excitement.

"They've looked the best two teams domestically as the table suggests".

With the majority of players dashing out impressively, you can just make out the man standing to the extreme right of the screen getting out of the blocks a little too sluggishly. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this.

Levein was disappointed that the slack start undermined what he felt was generally a competitive display from his team.

But I said already in an interview, we have to start thinking about the players.

As everyone always points out, the most important game is the next one and for the Parkhead club - and Rangers - it's vital they win this afternoon.

"For both teams it was really intense, and both showed respect for the other team". We shot ourselves in the foot and gave Rangers the impetus.

"I am very happy playing for these supporters and for Rangers".

"It was a tactical battle today and I'm proud of all the teams as it was a real physical battle and everyone put a shift in for the team and did their job for the team". "When Liverpool went close in 2014 it was because week to week we had a lot of preparation time and the chance to recover". That's normal. He grew up as a player at Liverpool, he has good memories of his career there. Thankfully it's gone well at the start and we want to keep it going.

"It's a big month where we can see where we're at and gauge that".

John Stones revealed how Riyad Mahrez's excellent form during penalty practice in the week was behind the decision that saw the Algerian worldwide take a late spot-kick at Anfield. Pep's teams are best in that and I can admit that easily because it's so obvious.

"The challenge for me and the team now is that can we make these home performances away from home and that's when we will find consistency".

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