Fabinho speaks out after quiet start to Liverpool career

The blessed relief of a last-gasp penalty miss saw Liverpool play out a scoreless draw against the visiting Manchester City at Anfield this evening and finish out the last in a punishing run of fixtures that saw them play seven games in 22 days.

You have to go further down the table to find Manchester United in eighth place and, much like Arsenal, I do not see them as title contenders at all.

Arsenal moved into fourth, just two points back, with a highly impressive 5-1 thrashing of Fulham earlier on Sunday to record their ninth straight win in all competitions.

City, the reigning Premier League champions, were given a gilt-edged chance to leave Anfield with a win for the first time since 2003 when Van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane inside the box five minutes from time. "Maybe we didn't help him like a team and help him to score more goals". You can get three points or one point or no points. Every team in the Premier League wants that, but it's only for a few of them.

Fabinho has been an unused substitute in the last four Premier League games, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and James Milner sharing the three midfield spots between them.

"They are built for that, Jurgen (Klopp) is built for that". We made it hard for them and they made it hard for us at times, but that's how it is. "But now it is over so I can", said Klopp. Both teams were set up well out of possession but showed each other a lot of respect. And, though his manager's words on the topic were admittedly vague, they did seem to play down the problem.

According to Gracenote, one of the reasons for the reduction in probability of conceding goals is the team cohesion in defence, as most of the back five have played together for more than a year, while the inclusion of Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy has considerably improved the side. Their century haul of points last season has ensured expectations remain incredibly high this term but simply retaining the title for the first time - something no club has managed for a decade - would be achievement enough. "I'm so comfortable (with) the performance we have done".

Yet there was a sense of what could have been for Guardiola, as City had two clear penalty kick shouts in each half (other than the one Mahrez skied).

Vanessa Coleman

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