Liverpool draw "one of the happiest days of my life" - Guardiola
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 18:22
Germany global of Turkish origin started in central midfield for Liverpool and put on yet another impressive display.
It is not just today, I have thought a lot: "'What more can I do to get my players to score goals?' But in my career I scored 11 goals - one goal a year - so what can I say to Sergio [Agüero]?" Because it's not easy to play central defender with this manager.
Liverpool opened the scoring in the 2 half through James Milner's ice-cool penalty against his former club. I want him 40 metres back to build up the play. I am delighted to have him.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was amused by his counterpart's comments on the significance of City's performance.
"Emre has an outstanding attitude", said Klopp. Had they been more clinical in front of goal and not conceded a penalty, they could have won.
But the Reds boss could offer no explanation for Lallana's miss and defended the England worldwide, who apologised in the dressing room. He said sorry afterwards.
"Immediately after the game, Adam said "sorry" to me and I thought 'why?' - but now I know why he thought he had to say sorry".
The draw meant both sides dropped points in what is becoming a fierce battle to finish in the top four. As ever, the solution to the problems on display will be sought in the transfer market and City and Liverpool will have a clearer idea than most of the problems that they need to address.
Was a draw good enough for either side?
With both teams in love with going forward and scoring goals and generally not anxious about the defending part of the game, plenty of goals were expected, and while the chances to out the ball into the back of the net came, came and came some more, the players had an off day as far as finding the target was concerned.
His Liverpool counterpart, Juergen Klopp, felt Guardiola was caught up in the moment - "He is Spanish, They are a little bit more emotional than Germans" - but perhaps it was understandable after the riveting fare that the two teams had just served up. "The rest fight with all they have for the Champions League". It's disappointing when you've been ahead and both sides had chances to win it. As the game progressed the versatile midfielder wised up and began to help close down the City wingers to help stop the early glut of crosses put into Simon Mignolet's box.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his disdain for the Europa League, so he would never have believed he would sit in a press conference and claim he has chose to make Europe's second tier competition his priority ahead of his Premier League targets. It was a unusual thing to say.