Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have replaced Liverpool in pole position in the league table, Pep Guardiola’s men taking advantage of Liverpool’s draw with Chelsea by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0. Jurgen Klopp’s men had a chance to retake top-spot in the league when they locked horns with the reigning champions at Anfield last weekend but what looked set to be a thrilling goal-laden affair proved to be anything but and a subsequent goal-less draw saw the points shared on Merseyside.
Riyad Mahrez failed to score from the penalty spot and thus denied City their first win against the Reds at Anfield in fifteen years, however Guardiola wouldn’t be drawn into criticising the Algerian, instead praising him and the rest of the team for their efforts on Merseyside.
“We didn’t concede many shots on target so this is key at Anfield and is quite special in terms of the environment,” he said the official club website. “From all actions, from corners and free kicks, they’re so tall and are stronger than us but we defended well, the back four was so good in their positions.
“We played so well, so if you want to analyse the result then the result is okay, we could do better. At the end, the manager has to analyse what we have done when we plan what we have to do, that is the most important thing. We were consistent, we were solid.
“As a team you know they would punish our mistakes, and at the back four we controlled it very well. So, it would be better to win at Anfield, but we don’t lose, last season we lost here, this season we draw, maybe next season we win, we will see.”
Manchester City now sit above Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League table as the Premier League draws to a close for the international break, William Hill Bookmakers going 4/6 that the Citizens remain in top-spot at the end of the season.
Premier League Title – William Hill Odds
4/6 – Manchester City
9/4 – Liverpool
8/1 – Chelsea
33/1 – Tottenham Hotspur
33/1 – Arsenal
100/1 – Manchester United