Kyle Lafferty has a point to prove for Rangers against Hearts


Kyle Lafferty has a point to prove for Rangers against Hearts

Jimmy Dunne headed a second half-consolation for Hearts but the Tynecastle table-toppers, who finished with ten men after Michael Smith received two yellow cards, were unable to prevent slumping to their first defeat of the season.

But if the hosts receive similar backing today from their fans as they did on Thursday evening, then they will stand a very good chance of victory.

He said: "After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis".

Liverpool and Manchester City can generally be relied upon to provide open, expansive tussles with goals aplenty. But I said it before, always someone is telling me, "Good luck for Sunday", and I think always, unfortunately, we need it.

Any prolonged lay-off however would be a major blow for Liverpool as they look to keep up their flying start to the season and repeat their European heroics.

Riyad Mahrez misses a late penalty as Liverpool and Manchester City draw 0-0 at Anfield in the Premier League. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports Gold, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the NBC Sports app.

Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark. This should be no different.

"You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team - which I have, thank God - with an outstanding character, ready for being courageous, ready for making mistakes against an outstanding opponent". I'm really proud of the boys, how they did it. That's why we have to try and create as often as possible and Pep's teams are best at that, and I can admit that easily because it's so obvious.

Ahead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah's slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield. What I wanted to do was have Kyle Walker on the right side attacking more than him. When we won 2-1 at City, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn't know how to come out.

"It's too early to be thinking about the title, we know it is tough to win", he said. "We slipped up and gave them two goals - I'd like to see how we'd have done if we didn't gift them two goals". We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it's just good.

City, aiming to become the first side in more than 830 minutes to breach the Reds' defence at Anfield in the Premier League, saw another half-chance come and go for Mahrez - the Algerian's shot not having enough conviction to beat Alisson down low.



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