Pep Guardiola: Manchester City draw with Liverpool 'one of my happiest days'
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 13:59
Liverpool opened the scoring in the second half through a James Milner penalty, but City slowly seized the momentum before equalizing through Sergio Aguero.
Both teams will return to Premier League action after the worldwide break on the weekend of April 1.
Lallana offered his apologies to his teammates after the match, but Klopp insists that they were not needed and hailed the 28-year-old as one of the most technically-gifted players he has ever worked with.
"When you play with [Yaya] Toure, [David] Silva and De Bruyne alongside two 19-year-olds [Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling] and Aguero upfront - they all want to attack", Guardiola told reporters.
Further chances were wasted by both teams, Aguero missing the best with a close range volley he sent over the bar, with the whistle going to signal the end of a breathless 1-1 draw.
He has been at the brunt of some fierce criticism since making a £47.5million move from Everton to the Etihad with some shaky displays, but Guardiola is clearly a big fan.
It is 90 minutes and the match between Liverpool and Man City has ended in a draw.
"They are such good team, changing sides with runners everywhere, and they are all sharp".
"After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so sad, people don't talk too much".
But fixture congestion and injury to key players - Coutinho in particular, have massively dented what once looked like a proper title challenge and at one point in 2017, Liverpool found themselves outside top four, out of all cup competitions and devoid of any hope that things would improve any more. We arrived here against Liverpool, who haven't had European football and had all week to prepare, and how we fight and how we run and how we showed spirit.
Innate to the Premier League's irresistible nature, controversy was never far off as several penalty shouts were turned down in the first half and Yaya Toure wasn't sent off for a challenge which almost saw Emre Can force fed the Ivorian's cleats. We played disaster. But we scored three goals.
"I am super happy".
But it was Adam Lallana who should have scored the decisive goal, the England global somehow mishitting his shot from eight yards after sublime Liverpool build-up play as both teams lost ground on Tottenham in the race for the second - with Manchester United now just four points behind Jurgen Klopp's fourth-placed side.