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With Chelsea making up ground by winning 3-0 at Southampton, the league's three unbeaten teams go into the global break locked together on 20 points.

This was a meeting between two unbeaten sides in the early phases of a season where it is already clear that margins for error will be small. You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant.

Guardiola is the purists' purist - the manager who will never sacrifice the principles forged at Barcelona and put into further practice at Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.

The German coach was pleased with a point from Sunday's top of the table clash with City, which left the pair level with Chelsea on 20 points and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. They are maybe, no, they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, there is no team better in the world than that. They also dropped deeper as a back four to deny Liverpool's front three the space to get in behind them and it worked a treat. "In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

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That's led to plenty of speculation about problems in the side, with this scoreless display making it four games without a goal for one of their famed attacking trident since all three have been at Anfield.

'[Riyad] had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots ideal penalties but sometimes it happens, ' he said.

He has many good memories of his period there. It's still early in the season, but City will likely feel this was dropped points against a key Premier League rival.

Algeria global Mahrez blazed the resulting spot-kick over, but City will still go into the worldwide break on top of the Premier League table. They remain on five points, one place above the relegation zone.

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It may not have been the free-flowing City that has carried it all before it - but it was a more nuanced tactical approach created to avoid the carnage of last season at Anfield and nearly resulted in a crucial victory.

And with Liverpool heading into the global break level with City and Chelsea on 20 points, Klopp took a positive stance.

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: "Their defence did well".

"Those sorts of moments can go both ways in games".

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"As it is it's great progress from last season, we competed against them, they're a top team". And striker Sergio Aguero has failed to score away against Liverpool in nine previous visits - seven with City and two with former club Atletico Madrid.

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