Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made the decisive intervention, saving Liverpool's second penalty from Georginio Wijnaldum, with Gabriel Jesus firing home the crucial spot-kick. "We don't know what he took for medicine and that is why for doping control there was a risk", Guardiola said. Last season, Van Dijk missed only 125 minutes of action in the Premier League and Champions League combined and he missed 90 minutes only because he was suspended. It was Sterling's first goal against the club he left four years ago and he didn't hold back in celebrating in front of the Liverpool fans closest to the goal.
Several other City and Liverpool stars including Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero have only recently returned to training after their worldwide commitments in what is dubiously called the "close-season". A Kyle Walker scissor-kick denied Mohamed Salah the victor on 93 minutes, with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo - who Guardiola felt was the man of the match - thwarting Xherdan Shaqiri shortly after.
"They have paid massive money to retain this group and Klopp must be relishing the chance to discover what he can do with a squad so cohesive", former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler said.
At times last season Klopp's 4-3-3 formation was too narrow during spells of opposition pressure, and the Man City manager clearly targeting this flaw in the first half. We struggled a little bit positioning-wise but that's normal.
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"Obviously in the second half we were in charge and full of desire". 'They are in the early stages as well, they will be in a different shape in a couple of weeks, for sure.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will most likely start most games as the right-back after an impressive 2018/19 season.
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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner saw the Reds endure Premier League title pain in 2018-19, but he is adamant that English football doesn't "want a league like Serie A where Juventus win it every year without any competition". It's not as much important what I could say but what the boys showed today. If anything, they look more determined than ever to shatter records and set new benchmarks, both driven on by the presence of the other to be the very best versions of themselves, even in a friendly.