Pep Guardiola delivers surprise verdict of Liverpool following Manchester City stalemate

By Danny Wright

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has talked up Liverpool after the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw on Sunday – and said he was very happy with a draw against an “exceptional” side.

Sergio Aguero grabbed City an important equaliser after James Milner put Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead when he converted a penalty.

It was a tense, end-to-end affair between the Premier League’s third and fourth-placed sides but no true victor emerged.

Adam Lallana and Ageuro both squandered huge chances to give their side the lead while the scores were level.

The ex-Barcelona boss has since said that Klopp can be proud of the quality in his squad and that Sunday’s result was one of the best in his career – despite winning two Champions League titles with the Spanish giants.

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“It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud,” said Guardiola to Sky Sports, as quoted by BBC Sport.

“You have to consider the situation we played this game. How we played against them, a top team – they have exceptional players – means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.”

Due to the draw, Liverpool failed to assert their place in the top four after Manchester United won earlier in the day to close the gap between fourth and fifth to just four points.

Jose Mourinho’s side have two games in hand on the Reds, as do sixth-placed Arsenal.

The Merseyside club are the top goal-scorers in the Premier League this season with 61 to their name however problems in defence and poor form since the beginning of 2017 has scuppered their solid bid to finish comfortably in the top two or three.

Klopp’s side have won just three league games in their last 10 and were comfortably in second place before their demise.

However wins against Arsenal and Burnley appear to prove the Reds are past the worst of their form.

In other Liverpool news, these were the three worst players in the draw with Man City.

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