Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded in pragmatic fashion to the draw against Manchester City.
The German saw his side struggle to create clear scoring chances in the 0-0 stalemate before Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty kick for the Premier League champions.
And he felt that this was the first time the two sides have played such a tight and cagey match since he and counterpart Pep Guardiola took on their respective jobs.
“In no game we’ve played so far was the level like it was, even when we won 3-0 at home or 4-3 at home.” he said,
“When we won 2-1 at City in the Champions League, they pushed us in our eighteen-yard box and we didn’t know how to come out.
“Then we had our moments, but over the full match time it was never like that.
“What we are doing is really intense for both teams and both showed respect for the other team.
“Don’t lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem.
“Both teams did well.” he finished.
Klopp has only lost once to Guardiola since the pair switched from the Bundesliga to English football.