"Liverpool are one of the two greatest teams in England and that's why we tried to be close with them in terms of many, many things, and we are closer".
City had already had two shouts for penalties - one when Sergio Aguero appeared to be bundled over by Dejan Lovren and one when the Croatia caught Gabriel Jesus with a flailing arm - when Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane.
After the goalless draw, Guardiola said: "He (Jesus) wanted to take it".
"If it's an open game against Liverpool, you don't have a chance, not even one percent", the 47-year-old said post-match.
He said: "After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis. They play for that", Guardiola said. "That's why we controlled it so good today". Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions. It is built for that.
Liverpool FC got their revenge at the start of 2018 when the Merseyside outfit eased to a 4-3 victory over Manchester City at Anfield to end their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. If you want to win against Man City you have to use a few of these half chances. They were at the highest level so you can not have a second of a break.
"Both teams did well, and we were a bit lucky with the penalty of course". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah. You have to call the manager of any country and say can you leave players out and he says I am under pressure as well'.
"Straight after that he gave the ball away and didn't look as though he could kick it properly". "A clean sheet at Anfield is not something you can do very often", reminded the England worldwide.
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If Liverpool need to restore any confidence, they need only look back at their last three games against City -all wins. I have a lot of respect for the way his teams play, for how proactive they are.
Liverpool's front three hasn't yet found the form of February and March yet this season with the wide players, Mohammed Salah in particular, diminished by the more defensive approach being adopted by the full-backs.
They are now genuinely title contenders - albeit with a lot of improvement still to ensure - and are treated as such.
"I am really happy with what the boys did".
"We had on Wednesday a little setback for sure". I watched the game on the flight back. No doubt about that. It was an unbelievably intense period of fixtures, crazy. It was unbelievable, playing these teams, it is really hard.
Guardiola also admitted after the game that it was "quite special" to keep a clean sheet at Anfield as he, once again, strayed into Mourinho territory by cherishing the shut-out.
The France star added that late penalty miss was just part of football and happens often in the game.
On Rodgers sacking in the October of 2015, Clyne remained in favour at Anfield but was soon sidelined by a plague of injuries including a back problem, paving the way for Liverpool born Alexander-Arnold to establish himself under Klopp.
"The referee decided it was a foul by Fernandinho". Maybe we learn for the future.
"We will see on Saturday", the City boss told Sky Sports. "We had our chance and we tried to be ourselves". That is normal because they are so strong. "How we played was different to previous seasons".