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Pep Guardiola claimed it was “one of happiest days of my career as a manager” after Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Manchester City recovered from going a goal down to a James Milner penalty with a Sergio Aguero to rescue a point and keep City in third place.

Guardiola was delighted with the response against a side that has not been beaten by any of their top-six rivals. He was proud of the attitude of his players.

“You cannot imagine. This is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager,” he told Sky Sports. “After our defeat in the Champions League, for two days we were so, so sad and in the training sessions we didn’t talk too much.”

“We arrive here against Liverpool, who haven’t had European football all year and had all week to prepare for that game, and how we fight and how we run and how we showed spirit — today is one of the happiest days of my life as a manager. The way we play, we concede chances but we create a lot of chances. Like all matches, we create more chances but this is our problem, our problem is we don’t score goals. With the conditions we played that game, after being [knocked] out of the Champions League and playing against Liverpool, one of the best teams, and how we played against them means a lot to me — so that is why I am happy with my players. We always play to win, we always play to attack, we always play to respect our spectators and of course, we are sad because we didn’t win. When you approach one game after 10 games winning nothing is special. You have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team — they have exceptional players — means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.” he said

In the news conference, Guardiola praised defender John Stones.

“John Stones has more balls than everyone here,” he said. “I am delighted to have John with all the huge amount of mistakes he has, I love him. Because it’s not easy to play central defender with this manager.”