Manchester City and Liverpool produced a cracking game at the Etihad on Sunday, with the clash somehow producing only two goals after both sides spurned a number of great chances.
In the first-half, City midfielder Yaya Touré was rather fortunate only to pick up a booking after he slid in on Emre Can, catching the German in the chest.
Liverpool had claims for a penalty waved away by ref Michael Oliver after Nicolas Otamendi challenged Sadio Mané in the box.
Then, at the end of what was an intense first period, Raheem Sterling was unlucky not to win a penalty for City after the winger was upended in the box by James Milner just as he was about to score from close-range.
After Sterling had failed to make contact with the ball, Fernandinho then somehow only managed to hit the post from a few yards out.
After the break, the opening goal eventually came, with James Milner converting a spot-kick after Gael Clichy fouled Roberto Firmino.
The game continued to flow from end to end and eventually, City bagged an equaliser, with Sergio Aguero firing home from a superb Kevin De Bruyne pass.
Both sides then missed gilt-edged chances to win the game, with Aguero slipping when he looked odds on to score.
Adam Lallana then somehow fluffed his lines from close-range with the goal gaping as both sides went for the three points.
At the death, Aguero again had a chance to win the game for the Citizens, only to blaze over with a volley.
The cracking clash would end all-square, a result which sees City and Liverpool stay in third and fourth respectively. At least both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp managed to keep a smile on their faces despite all the bad misses and penalty calls.
When Pep Guardiola realised Klopp is on Barcelona’s next manager wish list
— Calvin💉 (@MagistralMessi) March 19, 2017
After the game, Guardiola gave an oddly positive interview, describing Sunday as “one of the happiest days of my life as a manager.”
One wonders if he’s being a touch sarcastic after being criticised previously for his negative post-match interviews.
Oh, and he also proclaimed that John Stones had ‘bigger balls’ than anyone else in the post-match interview media room!
Guardiola: “John Stones has more balls than everybody here in this room.” pic.twitter.com/NS9omAEeAp
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) March 19, 2017
What an intriguing chap he is!