Manchester City hold Liverpool in EPL tie

"It's another "nearly" for us and we have had too many "nearlys" on the road", said Dyche.

A strike from Aguero midway through the second half cancelled out James Milner's 49th-minute penalty and a point apiece was fair after an absorbing, exhilarating game.

In a frantic final period, either side could have won it, but Adam Lallana missed the ball from six yards out on 80 minutes and Aguero showed a similar lack of composure in added time.

Guardiola said City's enterprising display, so soon after their disappointment at Monaco, made it "one of (his) happiest days as a manager".

I am not sure it is Pep Guardiola's proudest performance after what he achieved as a coach and player. "We conceded some chances but we created more than them". While I wouldn't say it's a must win for Pep, it's certainly a "must not lose" for Liverpool.

"There were moments in the game that were frustrating but in the end I think you must be happy they didn't score the two chances they had". Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are above them in that order.

The cracking clash would end all-square, a result which sees City and Liverpool stay in third and fourth respectively.

When Liverpool took the lead through James Milner's penalty in the 51st minute, City's resolve was tested again.

Klopp said: "Adam is one of the best technical players I ever worked with".

Writing in his blog for Paddy Power, Hamann said: "I expect them to press high at the start against Man City to hunt another mistake, especially as the Citizens will be a bit fragile and possibly low on confidence".

"Both Liverpool and Manchester City went for it, both teams were questionable at the back and both teams spurned all but one of the many, many chances that fell to them". "After trailing 4-0, logically they had more possibilities to get eliminated than to advance".

Elsewhere, England global, Dele Alli scored a goal from the penalty spot to help Tottenham keep Chelsea in sight as they secured a 2-1 win over Southampton. If he can't (score), I thought it was because he worked so hard before. We are fighting every single game to be in the four who qualify for the Champions League. Would I have been disappointed after going out of the Champions League? Yes.

Having spent millions in the summer, trying to restore Manchester City to the summit of English football, their frequent displays of inefficiency suggest they are quite a way away from their target.

  • Julie Sanders