In the end he was proved correct, because while Jesus was not guaranteed to score, Mahrez missed his penalty spectacularly, a miss which was his fifth out of the last eight penalties he's taken.
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"Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win".
Manchester City are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and are yet to lose a game in the league this season.
However, City soon began to take control of proceedings and had a strong shout for a penalty, when Dejan Lovren and Sergio Aguero tangled in the penalty area. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it. The penalty and one or two situations that need a really good save, that is true, but we played City now that often and they are just outstanding.
"Both teams did well, and we were a bit lucky with the penalty of course". If would have defended today like we did against Napoli, it is 7-0.
"Riyad Mahrez was taking them really well in training all week, but it happens and we have to move on".
The 28-year-old midfielder - who earns £100,000 per week as salary, according to Spotrac.com - started the game and played for the entire 90 minutes, as it ended in a goalless draw.
Liverpool also played with one eye on the clean sheet, for maybe different reasons.
Van Dijk's error in that incident should not mask the positives of his performance, however, or the difference he has made to Liverpool since arriving from Southampton for £75 million as the world's most expensive defender in January.
"I think Arsenal have done very well and Unai Emery has done very well but I don't think they're going to be challenging for the title".