Draw has Guardiola proud

Posted March 20, 2017

"It is of course a big pleasure to play against the big trainers in the world, to push myself against them".

"So, to be a coach and see your team play this way, it is going to be magnificent to see".

As the noise levels rose, Sterling and Aguero - twice - spurned late chances, but a draw felt an appropriate outcome.

"It's the way you have to play against good sides; it was intense, we defended well".

Both sides are in contention for the top four places but sharing the spoils gave Manchester United and Arsenal renewed hope of finishing above them. Out of the Champions League, playing against Liverpool, how we played with character, especially after these last few days, means so much to me.

City's players, Guardiola revealed, had been moping around the training ground - "they were so, so sad" - since the team's Champions League elimination by Monaco on Thursday, and now faced a direct rival for the top four that specialises in winning heavyweight Premier League games. The Argentine however had two more good chances to seal a win.

Aguero equalised on 69 minutes when he turned home Kevin de Bruyne's low right-wing cross from six yards.

In an end-to-end game, there were several penalty shouts before and after Gael Clichy was penalised for bringing down Roberto Firmino. We fought until the last minute and put everything out on the pitch.

Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range. "We are disappointed that when we have been up we have not got three points, but a draw was fair in the end".

"You can not imagine. It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager". How the Reds regret slipping up so often against the league's lower-placed side.

The result took Liverpool four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United - which has played two games fewer - ahead of the global break, and Milner was relieved not to have been left with a defeat to reflect on.

The England defender has been a mainstay of the City back line this term despite Guardiola often rotating his defensive partner, but after making his 36th appearance of the season, the Catalan was full of praise for the 22-year-old.