Pep Guardiola: Riyad Mahrez had the balls to take the penalty

What did I say to him afterwards?

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Liverpool were forced to a draw by reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in their match at Anfield on Sunday, October 7.

And Guardiola conceded that he had sent a message onto the pitch via Benjamin Mendy for Mahrez to take the penalty, even though Jesus was lining it up.

With designated penalty takes Sergio Aguero not on the field, Mahrez moved Gabriel Jesus aside to take the responsibility.

"But the most important part was that our performance was very good today".

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

While clearly disappointed at missing out, Guardiola shrugged off Mahrez's penalty shocker, saying: "He had the courage to take the penalty - in training sessions he takes penalties - and in the end it is okay, it sometimes happens".

Jesus accepted Guardiola's apology but could not hide his frustration with the situation. I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me. Pep spoke with me. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again'.

Despite the draw against Liverpool, Manchester City are still topping the Premier League standings with 20 points, but they are tied on the same point with Chelsea and Liverpool.

On this occasion he modified his tactics to nullify Liverpool's threat and Mahrez felt that approach served the team well. It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well. We played so well so if you want to analyse the result it was okay. The last time Liverpool managed that was in the 1978-79 season when Bob Paisley led Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish to a storming first division win.

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