Pep Guardiola spoke candidly after Manchester City and Liverpool drew 2-2 at the Etihad on Sunday, playing out a “fantastic game” in the race to win the Premier League title.
The league leaders emulated Liverpool in their failure to hold onto a lead twice after the Reds allowed City to fight back at Anfield earlier in the season to play out another 2-2 stalemate.
Speaking to Manchester City’s official website, he said: “I am so happy with how we played.
“Normally when you do many, many good things, you can understand why the sadness would be there. I said forget about it. We were ourselves.
“We performed incredibly well. We could not win but this is football. That can happen.
“Every year we are here in the Premier League, we watch Liverpool in the Premier League and Champions League, we know how they create chances.
“We conceded so few and created a lot against them. Maybe for the last single action we couldn’t do it but in general I am so proud of my team.”
Liverpool and Man City are going to have to be perfect to have any chance of winning the title this season and, unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp, his side has the more challenging fixture list.
They face Benfica next in the Champions League and will be grateful for the 3-1 aggregate lead which will take the edge off the game somewhat even though Klopp will be desperate for his side to guard against complacency.
Then, City and Liverpool will go head to head again but in the FA Cup and Guardiola will be desperate to shatter the Reds’ chances of completing the quadruple.
A win will send the Reds to the final and so Klopp will hopefully have taken some important notes.
Manchester United visit Anfield in the following game and while they have been shocking this season, losing to relegation-threatened Everton on the weekend, it will still be a tricky game.
Of course, Old Trafford was shocked earlier in the season when Liverpool beat United 5-0 but even the most optimistic fan will not be expecting the same next Tuesday.