Liverpool were unable to make the most of their home advantage against Manchester City as they played out a goalless stalemate in the Premier League on Sunday. Both teams decided to cancel out each other with just a couple of attempts on target but the visitors could have secured the three points, had Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty just minutes before the game’s conclusion.
Two things we learned:
Riyad Mahrez’s poor penalty-taking record: With Sergio Aguero no longer on the pitch, Gabriel Jesus appeared intent on taking the penalty kick until Pep Guardiola intervened. Thereafter, Riyad Mahrez was entrusted with the spot kick which was blasted way over the bar and this surprisingly did not come as a shock, given the Algerian’s poor record from 12 yards. Prior to his weekend attempt, Mahrez had missed four of his previous six penalties in the Premier League and this woes continued at Anfield where City were denied a first victory since 2003.
A moment of madness from Virgil van Dijk: The Dutchman has indeed provided a solidity in the Reds backline since his arrival from Southampton last winter but there has been occasions where he has been very laid back with his defending. In the previous league game, the Dutchman appeared casual with his tracking back which allowed Eden Hazard’s to score for Chelsea and he nearly cost his team once more after a reckless diving challenge on Leroy Sane with just minutes left on the clock. Fortunately for him, Mahrez never looked like scoring from the resultant spot kick.
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