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John Stones offers damning Anfield dressing room insight after Manchester City draw



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Manchester City defender John Stones has offered a damning insight into the reaction within Pep Guardiola’s dressing room following the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

City travelled to Anfield on Sunday afternoon knowing that victory – and somewhat against the odds given their recent form on Merseyside – would move them into the place of outright Premier League leaders.

The first-half of the contest gave supporters plenty of hope as John Stones moved City into a lead, before Ederson’s foul on Darwin Nunez presented Alexis Mac Allister with the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot.

That is how the final Premier League meeting between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola ended, with City remaining in third position, with current league leaders Arsenal their next opponents at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the month.

Any feeling of disappointment from the outing at Anfield at the weekend is also shared by Manchester City’s players, with one of Pep Guardiola’s stars revealing the feeling from within the Etihad dressing room.

Speaking to broadcasters after the contest, John Stones revealed that there is a ‘deflated’ feeling within the Manchester City dressing room following the draw against Liverpool, with their clear intention being to win the game.

“We knew what we were coming into here, and the opposition we were playing,” said Stones. “We feel a bit deflated in the dressing room. We came here to win. We got a point out of the game and it’s such a difficult place to come, we know that.

“We gave everything we had out there. It’s a bit raw for me still right now to analyse the game, with an expectation and willingness of coming here to win.”

City’s goalscorer on the afternoon continued, “I think they’re a top side and we know what quality they’ve got and what they bring to the game. We’ve had a lot of really good games against them, some wins, some losses here over the years.

“The second half was more them than us and it kind of balanced out. We’ll take a point today.”

Manchester City have a free midweek now until their next outing, as they welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, with a place at Wembley Stadium and an FA Cup semi-final tie up for grabs.