Riyad Mahrez insists his penalty miss against Liverpool will not damage his confidence and he would put his hand up for the next one. Manchester City’s record signing fired over from the spot five minutes from time as the champions played out a goalless draw in their much-hyped clash with their title rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
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The former Leicester forward was entrusted with penalty-taking duties by manager Pep Guardiola – to the frustration of striker Gabriel Jesus – as regular choice Sergio Aguero had been substituted.
It was the fifth spot-kick the Algeria international has missed from his last eight attempts, but he says his confidence will not be hit by his latest miss.
“It’s football, it’s life,” said Mahrez, who was making just his third Premier League start since his £60million summer switch to City. “It won’t affect me at all.
“Everyone misses penalties, even big, big players. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win.
“It is part of football, you have to go forward and stay strong. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. But the most important thing is the performance was very good.”