Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp star in the friendliest touchline disagreement ever

Manchester City and Liverpool are separated by just one point in what might be the most competitive race for top four ever, but one of them can separate from the challenging pack with a victory on Sunday.

Was a draw good enough for either side?

A place in the Champions League is both lucrative and esteemed. "More balls than everyone here", Guardiola told reporters at the Etihad Stadium.

But between second and seventh there is plenty of life left as six sides battle for three of the remaining four Champions League spots. Our problem is we don't score when they are easy goals.

City are now two points behind second-placed Tottenham, with Liverpool a point further back in fourth, having played a game more. However, last Wednesday's defeat in Monaco was very disappointing for a club of such ambition and a blow to Guardiola's pride. And in this huge game City were fortunate it did not cost them.

City can not afford to let their intensity slip.

The result took Liverpool four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United - which has played two games fewer - ahead of the global break, and Milner was relieved not to have been left with a defeat to reflect on. Even seventh-placed Everton can not be discounted. The coming fixtures are hard with trips to Arsenal and Chelsea after the worldwide break.

Liverpool also have a tough assignment after the worldwide break with a visit from neighbours Everton. However it was a rocky start from Can as he took a while to get a grip on the game.

But Aguero's strike kept City a point above their rivals, who have played a game more, and provided a moment of solace after their mid-week Champions League elimination at Monaco's hands.

Will Adam Lallana be waking up in a cold sweat?

Neither manager will be happy with the final result, seeing as both sides missed glorious chances to claim a win, with the shared points leaving Jose Mourinho and his players sensing blood - and a top four place come the end of the campaign.

It was an inexplicable miss and one which saw Lallana apologise to Klopp after the game. He has little to worry about. An increasingly end-to-end contest then spat out a glorious chance for Lallana, but from Firmino's knock-down and with Mignolet's goal at his mercy, he missed his kick. "They have to sit and analyse why this amount of things happen, not [just] in Manchester City games but in all the games", he added.

  • Julie Sanders