Last season, City conceded seven goals in two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the league and Champions League; something had to change and there was a distinct difference to the way his team approached this fixture.
"We will see on Saturday", the City boss told Sky Sports.
"The start was brilliant, spot on from the first second, we caused them a lot of problems". In the last 15 minutes they had two big chances and scored a goal. "We can take positives from it and be proud of how we played". They are incredibly good and incredibly quick, but we controlled the game well - we just didn't create.
"It is a point".
Last season, after requiring surgery on a back problem, Clyne didn't feature until April - playing only five times and on his return, finding Alexander-Arnold and also Joe Gomez ahead of him. "We had our chance". The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez.
The visitors had three previous claims for a spot-kick before Virgil van Dijk's challenge on substitute Leroy Sane eventually resulted in one, but £60million summer signing Mahrez blazed over.
"I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions", Guardiola said.
Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.
He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League. I think he touched the ball a bit but not enough.
"We had on Wednesday a little setback for sure". 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.
"We had the ball a lot today but we had to be flawless in defending".
"The best way is that when the people arrive at the stadium, (they are) going to see a football game and enjoy watching both sides".
An global break now beckons and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned its timing - and the demands it is placing on players.
"We have to recognise against which team we put in this performance", he said, adding "at Anfield, stopping probably the three best attackers in the world". Against City, it's not news - if you don't defend the half-spaces then they are constantly between your midfield and last line and you have to constantly jump in the last line, which you don't want to do really.