Manchester City came away from Anfield with a credible point following their 0-0 draw, putting to an end a run of defeats at the home of Liverpool.
In the aftermath of the Liverpool game, some City fans on social media have been disgruntled that Riyad Mahrez ballooned a penalty with just minutes to go after taking precedence over Gabriel Jesus following Sergio Aguero’s departure from the pitch. Another good penalty taker, Ilkay Gundogan, was also absent through injury.
So in Mahrez’s defence, City had a lack of natural penalty takers on the pitch, but his record at Leicester from the spot – including a ‘double kick’ miss against City – left a lot to be desired and when quizzed after the match, Guardiola claimed to have not been informed about Riyad’s penalty record.
John Stones revealed after the match that Mahrez was upset by the miss.
Stones said: “I think it was just decided between the boys (who took the penalty), Riyad was taking them well in training all week. He’s deflated, I think he feels like he’s let us down.”
Mahrez then commented and vowed that the miss against Liverpool will not affect his confidence going forward.
“I’ve missed a few, but it is part of football,” said Mahrez. “You have to move forward and stay strong. No it won’t affect my confidence at all. Everyone misses penalties – even big, big, big players.
“I took the decision to shoot and the ball went up. I have to look forward, it is part of football. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss.
“But the most important thing is that our performance was very good today. I think we deserved to win, but sometimes it is better to not lose as well.”