“If somebody had told me after eight fixtures, 20 points, I would say ‘yes’. But with this fixture list, I would definitely buy it.”
– Goal-shy Salah –
Ahead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah’s slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield.
But the Egyptian again looked far from his best and snatched at the sort of chances he buried last season.
Salah had the first opening after just three minutes when he pulled his shot wide after jinking inside John Stones.
City’s first penalty claim was waved away when Dejan Lovren appeared to trip Aguero inside the area, but the visitors quickly neutralised Liverpool’s threat by keeping possession for long periods.
Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.
A rare incisive Liverpool counter-attack found Salah again in a good position 21 minutes from time, but he blazed high over the bar.
City had the golden chance when substitute Leroy Sane was too quick for the normally flawless Virgil van Dijk and this time Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.
A message came from the City bench for Mahrez to take the spot-kick instead of Jesus.
But that proved costly as the pressure got to Mahrez and City had to settle for a point.