Arsenal started the season with a pair of defeats but it's now nine wins in a row for Unai Emery's charges after chalking up their biggest win of campaign, a 5-1 crushing of the Cottagers. That's when we will find consistency.
Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar.
All three of Liverpool's midfielders - Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner - are best suited to the pressing game rather than falling deep as they did against Napoli. I thought if we didn't gift Rangers the first two goals I think the stats say we were in the game.
"We're hoping the gap will be down to five points by full time". It is for both teams really intense what we are doing and both showed respect for the other team. "That's how it is, and in that moment it's a big relief".
Extra police were drafted in but were not required as there were only a few hundred present to watch both teams' coaches arrive.
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But winger Daniel Candeias has vowed Gerrard's men will take their Ibrox form to Hamilton in their next match on October 21 after the worldwide break.
"So if you want to win that league, you're going to have to do it yourself. When you are in there scenting goals sometimes this happens". With new players, it's quite hard to do the right things constantly.
We had a little setback on Wednesday for sure. I have good feelings about how the season will end if we play this way.
"The best way is that we should not need the police". No doubt about it.
"We just got it wrong". It was an unbelievably intense period and our fixtures were just insane. Are you kidding me? It was just unbelievable playing these teams is really hard. He's got my number and he knows where I am.
Yes, I saw it now. How it very often is with penalties, it is very, very close and with a bit of a longer toe then he [Van Dijk] touches the ball.
Health is more important than a football result.
It's especially pleasing to see him back in good health and able to attend the games to manage his team after his heart problems. I'm really proud of the boys.
The Liverpool boss was reluctant to detail any tactical approaches ahead of the top of the table clash on Sunday, but cited qualities that extend beyond the football field as potential game winners.
They deserve to be top of the league as they are unbeaten, having dropped only two points - a 0-0 draw at home to Livingston. This was a very good game and the City games (have been) very good games. One player didn't come out quick enough.