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Townsend: City tactics showed Reds respect

8 Oct 2018
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Andy Townsend believes Man City's approach in draw at Anfield highlights why Liverpool are title challengers

Manchester City's pragmatic approach to their match at Anfield on Sunday highlighted the progress Liverpool have made under Jurgen Klopp, according to former Premier League midfielder Andy Townsend.

City have a poor recent record at Anfield and Townsend believes manager Pep Guardiola set out to avoid a repeat of last season's 4-3 defeat there, earning a goalless draw against a Liverpool team who have also started the season unbeaten.

"That is how far Liverpool have grown, that's how much of a danger he would see Klopp's boys to his own team," Townsend says. "[Guardiola] has had to accept a 0-0.

"Man City were never going to be as attack-minded and get punished like they have done against this team. They have done their homework and they have stifled Liverpool a bit."

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