“Many, many times how City do it [adapt to his ideas] was sooner than Barcelona and Bayern Munich so I am really impressed”.
The chance for Milner to score came from the penalty spot after Gael Clicy fouled Roberto Firmino with a high tackle inside the box.
Phillipe Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals against Manchester than any other team in the competition, however the young forward hasn’t found the net since his side’s 3-1 loss to Leicester last month.
Guardiola’s only hope of a trophy in his first season at City appears to be the FA Cup after his side’s last-16 exit in the Champions League.
The Argentina striker turned home Kevin De Bruyne’s pinpoint cross as City fought back from conceding a penalty converted by former player James Milner in the 51st minute.
City are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and two behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur while Liverpool are a further point back. Like me they would have preferred to play against Liverpool and still be in the Champions League, flying after qualifying for the quarter-finals.
City battled back and saw plenty of possession, but it couldn’t get that golden pass to lead to a ideal chance until Kevin de Bruyne set up Aguero in the 69th minute. The match will live stream on Sunday with third-place Manchester leading fourth-place Liverpool by a single point – though Manchester City also holds a game in hand – with Arsenal in fifth place, just five points off the pace.
City were beginning to look heavy-legged after the break and Clichy’s desperate defending led to Liverpool’s goal – despite protests that he got a touch on the ball.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp added: “To get a point at Manchester City is absolutely OK”.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham proved they can thrive without leading scorer Harry Kane and closed the gap on Chelsea to 10 points.
It is a measure of the extent to which Guardiola’s stock has fallen in England that Liverpool could become the first team to record a home-and-away double over a side he has managed.
There were two noteworthy goals from United – Jesse Lingard’s spectacular 25-meter strike and Antonio Valencia’s injury-time walk-in after a slip from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes – but they were overshadowed by bust-ups on and off the field around the final whistle.
“I am super happy”. “I give you my permission to analyse what is my success this season, I’m not the guy to say it was good or bad”, he said. They only need City to be five per cent off to win today.
Centre-back Dejan Lovren has not played for the senior team since January but played for the under-23 side in mid-week and is fit to start, likely joining Joël Matip in defence.