"There is not a team better in the world than them, because they are built for that, created for that". City needed to source an alternative vehicle for their journey home.
Liverpool now head into the worldwide break after playing seven games in 23 days. We will try to do better'.
It's the last weekend of Premier League action before the worldwide break, and there are some appetising fixtures on the menu. You have to call the manager of any country and say can you leave players out and he says I am under pressure as well'. That is what they should do.
The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with City mustering the same. "How we played was different to previous seasons. I don't know what's going to happen".
Despite only returning to training on Monday after a six-week layoff with knee ligament damage, Kevin De Bruyne could make his return to action a full two weeks earlier than expected.
"We will see on Saturday", the City boss told Sky Sports.
Jurgen Klopp's side now sit level on points with Man City at the top of the Premier League table.
Asked if people saying Liverpool had worked out how to beat City were correct, Guardiola said: "Good - congratulations". They play for that.
"I think they saw today we tried everything, and we came back and from the mental point of view it's a very important three points". "They are a top side".
City worked tirelessly to slow the game with extra passes, exerting their energy to shut down Liverpool's rapid transitions and opportunities to counter.
It was not just the result but the manner of it that left Reds fans disappointed, but Klopp sees plenty of cause for optimism.
But the Egyptian again looked far from his best and snatched at the sort of chances he buried last season.
"I thought how we defended was brilliant apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save". Both sides have been playing some scintillating football at the start of the season, and this match should certainly live up to the billing. It's not that you miss it overnight. We want a reaction. "Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have big problems". Guardiola deployed the pace and height of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back: last season, the less mobile and imposing Nicolas Otamendi played in both away games and was swamped by Liverpool's front three. Klopp does. Like Guardiola, he is a risk-taker.
He said: "We won the last three games against City". For higher rhythm you need space and both teams didn't give any space away.