Klopp said: 'Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world. Guardiola deployed the pace and height of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back: last season, the less mobile and imposing Nicolas Otamendi played in both away games and was swamped by Liverpool's front three.
When he is on form and linking up the play, as he was doing for much of today's game, he makes City look nearly unplayable in the middle of the park, regardless of how tightly you press them.
Raheem Sterling has to learn to cope with facing the abuse he receives when he returns to Anfield, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said. "It happens, so we had to move on", the England defender said.
That's led to plenty of speculation about problems in the side, with this scoreless display making it four games without a goal for one of their famed attacking trident since all three have been at Anfield.
"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".
"I've said it a few times, that if we couldn't be champions last season then Manchester City are very welcome", Klopp told Sky Sports.
"For both teams it was really intense, and both showed respect for the other team".
After Fernandinho blasted an ambitious long-range effort high and wide of the right post in the 58th minute, Mahrez collected David Silva's through-ball on the left and went past Andrew Robertson before fizzing a low shot inches wide of the target from 12 yards out on 61 minutes. "We had a clear chance in the last action so we controlled quite well".
"We hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions - the Premier League, the Champions League and all this". We know this club how complicated it is playing in this stadium and how unsafe they are.
"They are incredibly quick and we controlled them". We were close, more than ever to winning here, but it is better than last season. "We had our chance".
"I am in the training sessions, I see him every day, training penalties, gave me a lot of confidence", he said.
With regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero replaced by Gabriel Jesus, the former Leicester City winger stepped up on 86 minutes after Virgil van Dijk had felled Leroy Sane in a taut Premier League clash. We had a little setback on Wednesday.
"To respond is really important, but to respond is really hard when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever". Even when we won 3-0 at home, 4-3, 2-1 at City, over the full match it was never like this.