Guardiola praises Reds transitional quality

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has credited Liverpool after Sunday’s draw.

The Spaniard saw his side come agonisingly close to a first victory at Anfield since 2003 when Algerian international Riyad Mahrez blazed a late penalty over the crossbar.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was philosophical when reflecting on a missed opportunity as he praised how good Liverpool can be at moving the ball from defence to attack.

“If it is an open game at Anfield, you don’t even have one percent of a chance.” he said.

“We controlled it through Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, the guys to give the extra pass.

“Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, it is built for that.

“In that situation they are much better.” he finished.

Liverpool did not demonstrate anything like that level of attacking proficiency, which will have come as a relief to Guardiola despite his regret over the penalty chance being wasted.

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