Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool could have beaten Manchester City'

Steve Nicol wraps up all of Sunday's Premier League action, with United and Spurs getting much-needed wins and Liverpool and City battling to a breathless 1-1 draw.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has recalled Roberto Firmino to the starting lineup for today's clash with Manchester City.

The two teams played out a high-energy 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool taking the lead from the penalty spot in the 51st minute before Sergio Aguero levelled matters in the 69th minute after connecting with a cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

Guardiola says he was proud of the attitude of his players although he is concerned that they missed chances to claim all three points against their rivals for the top-four.

"You can not imagine. It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager".

Liverpool had a great chance to open the scoring when Sadio Mane ran through, but Nicolas Otamendi did enough to put the winger off, although the Reds thought they should have had a penalty.

"We are a little sad because we deserved to win", he said.

Liverpool's record against the elite sides in the Premier League has been very strong this season and as a result they'll be confident.

"A lot of teams have a lot of money and a lot of teams have a lot of good players and that is the one thing which makes it really hard to become champions in England".

"When you approach one game after 10 games winning nothing is special. But you have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team", he said. "That is why I am so happy". I never came here and said we are going to win one title.

City were heavily criticised for their first-half performance against Monaco in midweek, when they conceded twice without creating a single opportunity.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their nine games against sides now in the top six of the Premier League table this season (W5 D4 L0).

Sometimes, we even see them squaring up to one another in the no man's land between their technical areas to argue about something neither of them have any real power to change. "Give me a few hours and then I'm happy".

Aguero had earlier shown his class to cancell out James Milner's penalty, an especially controversial decision given Gael Clichy got more of the ball than any of the players involved in the four incidents, two for each side, in the first half.

Pep's words are good: "John Stones has more personality than all of us together in this room". I never saw a central defender of 21 years playing on the biggest stages who doesn't make mistakes.

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