City struggled to exert their authority in Sunday's blockbuster Premier League clash at Anfield, with neither side able to create a clear-cut chance.
City, the reigning Premier League champions, were given a gilt-edged chance to leave Anfield with a win for the first time since 2003 when Van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane inside the box five minutes from time.
And with that, he's missed four of his last six penalty kicks.
"We were unlucky not to score, and lucky not to concede as well, so I think we cancelled each other out. I was very happy that it didn't go in".
"He was taking them really well in training all week", John Stones said of his teammate.
"He's deflated. If it was me, I'd be the same". We controlled much better than in the past, and with the second balls, on which they are masters.
"So close. It's one of those things in football".
James Milner's hamstring injury changed the complexion of the game as City took advantage of Naby Keita's arrival to exert their influence in opposition territory, although again without any real danger for their hosts. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.
Liverpool, in the end, will probably feel it got away with it, but in the long run the point is probably of more value to City.
There is too much talent in these outstanding players not to be a huge influence as the season goes on but Salah cut a frustrated figure while both Firmino and Mane were marginalised by City's approach.
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"I saw Chelsea at West Ham a couple of weeks ago and I thought they played well in the game but West Ham could've taken it on the counter attack".
'Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win'.
It resulted in the first goalless draw between these two at Anfield since 1986 - and also City's first clean sheet at the ground since then - but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be celebrating Monday's third anniversary at the club as the happier manager.
"If it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one percent of a chance", he said.
"If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list, 'I'll buy it, let's start with the ninth matchday!'", said Klopp.
On the hour Sterling's corner hit Van Dijk's arm but Atkinson ruled Fernandinho had climbed all over the Holland worldwide, much to the anger of City's bench.
'[Riyad] had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots ideal penalties but sometimes it happens, ' he said.
"I said that to the referee afterwards as well".
"In that situation, we help strikers when that happens".