Currently, when the team is not managed by Jose Mourinho.
Two sides that scored 190 goals between them in the Premier League last season and had netted 36 in 14 combined games before the weekend mustered only two shots on target each at Anfield as the contest ended in a 0-0 draw. There was none of the champagne football of recent encounters, no stunning passages of play, no moments of magic from Mohamed Salah or David Silva.
Liverpool started the game strongly and troubled Manchester City with their pressing but Pep Guardiola's team settled into the game after a few minutes and controlled the game for most of the first half.
It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact.
"This is part of football, sometimes these things happen". After all it can not, and should not, always be about the forwards.
But despite their scintillating form, Neville doubts Arsenal or Chelsea will challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title. But when a team plays against Liverpool, especially away from home, they simply can not go into the game without some kind of plan to stop the likes of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from wreaking havoc.
"We had our chances as well; it's not as if it was their game for the taking".
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Klopp, meanwhile, was relieved with the penalty miss as it helped Liverpool extend their unbeaten start to eight games, leaving them level with City and Chelsea at the top of the table on 20 points. Seems like Liverpool are going with a 4-3-3, whilst Naby Keita makes the bench after recovering from the back spasm he suffered against Napoli midweek. It was left for Alexis Sanchez, another substitute, to pop up with the last minute victor and start justifying his place at the club. But quite another doing it in the pressure situation of a match, in this case in front of thousands of screaming Liverpool fans wildly distracting him in the hope City's record signing would not snatch three late points for the champions.
"I'm a big fan of Henderson but, at times, he looks to get it too deep", Bellamy said. We used the ball better.
"We were very strong defensively".
Sarri's assessment was not shared by Southampton boss Mark Hughes, however, whose side sit two points above the relegation places. City survived the helter skelter opening ten minutes and after that they dealt with Liverpool's threat well.
"We've played City now that often and they're just outstanding".