Pep Guardiola Leaps to Defence of John Stones After Liverpool Draw

Liverpool ended the half as stronger of the two teams as City goalkeeper Willy Caballero had to produce excellent saves to keep out a curling shot by Firmino and a powerful attempt from Adam Lallana. "Being coach of these guys, more than ever, I want to help this club-if they want to stay with me the next few years-to take the next step forward".

It was one of number of strong penalty appeals by both sides, City claimed one next as Milner appeared to catch Raheem Sterling.

And they got rewarded for their patience in the 69th minute, when Kevin De Bruyne sent in a low cross for Aguero to guide home from the first post.

The pressure to secure Champions League football was evident during Sunday's tense affair, though Liverpool arguably should have walked away with all three points.

"John Stones has more personality than anyone in this room", Guardiola told a post-match media briefing.

But whereas most managers would square up to one another and carry on, the pair quickly made up with a pretty freaky - yet hilarious - high five, instigated by Guardiola (see below).

Guardiola said City's enterprising display, so soon after their disappointment at Monaco, made it "one of (his) happiest days as a manager".

Liverpool kept their unbeaten record against teams in the current top six alive after holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad.

"I am delighted to have John with all the huge amount of mistakes he has, I love him".

"He is Spanish", Klopp said about Pep's comments on how important the draw was for City. They're getting younger and it will be exciting to see what they do with more transfer windows. "But these things can happen".

"Immediately after the game Adam said sorry to me and I thought, 'Why?:" he said.

Victory would have carried Liverpool above third-place City, but they remain a point behind them in fourth place, having played a game more and with fifth-place Manchester United closing in from below.

The hosts conceded a penalty early in the second half when Liverpool winger Firmino chased a high ball into the penalty area where he was brought down by City left-back Gael Clichy.

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

"There is one outstanding side this year". "The rest fight with all they have for the Champions League".

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