Man City's possession hits a low in Liverpool stalemate

Manchester City saw less of the ball against Liverpool on Sunday than it has in any other Premier League match under Pep Guardiola.

Possession, they say, is nine tenths of the law, a philosophy Pep Guardiola has emphasised as a coach throughout his career.

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But that philosophy had to take a step to the side at Anfield on Sunday, as City claimed a 0-0 draw at the home of Premier League title rival Liverpool.

City could have won it late on, but Riyad Mahrez missed his penalty as the two sides ultimately cancelled each other out.

That was backed up by the possession statistics, with the visitor, who often dominate the ball, restricted to just 51 per cent – its lowest figure under Guardiola, who at least ended a three-game losing streak at Anfield in all competitions since taking over at City.

It represents another small victory for Klopp in his tussle with Guardiola, with the German having come out on the winning side in seven of their previous meetings.

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