Manchester City required a second-half equalizer from Sergio Aguero to take a point off of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and retain its position as third in the Premier League. We fought until the last minute and put everything out on the pitch. "If you play like we did today - you could see the passion in the team - then it's hard to beat us and that's what we must do every game".
Across his stellar managerial career, Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice, captured 19 other major trophies and coached perhaps the greatest club team in Barcelona's class of 2009-11.
The top-four battlers played out a breathless 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Sergio Aguero tucked home to cancel out an earlier James Milner penalty.
And against smaller sides, who often are unwilling to let Liverpool play their own game, McAteer feels the Reds must be able to win ugly.
But the Liverpool midfielder insisted he would not beat himself up from now until May wondering whether it costs them Champions League football.
"Obviously he's one of the best - if not the best - player, technical-wise, I have ever worked with", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.
Sergio Aguero brought City level with 21 minutes remaining, but neither side could muster a victor and both had to settle for a point.
All three were 50-50 calls and not given but City defender Gael Clichy's foul on Roberto Firmino was clear, with the left back having previously lost his man by slipping over. Some City players continued to remonstrate afterwards.
Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range. We are fighting every single game to be in the four who qualify for the Champions League.
"There is one outstanding, consistent side this year and they will be champions probably", Klopp said.
That City avoided defeat also owed much to an alert defensive display by oft-criticised centre-back John Stones, who produced two important blocks either side of half-time.