City twice led against Jurgen Klopp's team, first through Kevin de Bruyne and then Gabriel Jesus, but were pegged back by equalisers from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.

It means the two teams are separated by a point at the top of the table with seven games remaining and Guardiola suggested a number of missed chances,

including one that fell to Riyad Mahrez in stoppage time, had let Liverpool off the hook. "It was a fantastic game, both teams trying everything to win," Guardiola told a news conference.

I felt we let them have a life from here but Liverpool are a joy to watch. I know how good they are and there is no doubt about that but I am so proud of my team.

Speaking in his postmatch interview, Klopp likened the game to a boxing bout although neither team were able to deliver a knockout blow.