"The problem was we were that locked in that moment we didn't let it go and then they scored from a really soft corner and the game's gone then".
"He scored an incredible goal [against Burnley], but an aggressive approach with the ball to go to the full-backs, the movement between the full-backs, especially in the second half with Phil, [Foden] was so good".
Kevin De Bruyne will make his first appearance since the opening weekend of the season after recovering from a medial ligament injury.
Mourinho accepted the apology but the insult for him was certainly not as bad as missing out on all three points that his under-pressure side would have deserved.
The Portugal midfielder said: 'Usually after an worldwide break, most teams lose a little bit of the way they play but we were really focused and hungry for more titles and more wins. "So we'll take it". The performance wasn't 100 percent. They had one clear chance but after that we were solid.
Liverpool, gunning for a first top-flight title since 1990, are level with City on 23 points but trail their rivals on goal difference.
All of the top three remain unbeaten.
It was a bitter blow for the under-pressure Mourinho, returning to his former club after a poor start to the season and he lost his cool in emotional scenes in the final seconds.
The Belgium worldwide has been out with a knee ligament injury since August but has been back in first-team training for the past two weeks. When a player is out, I like it when they're back to make us stronger.
Sancho, 18, made his England debut in last week's Nations League draw in Croatia, 14 months after leaving City to join Borussia Dortmund for £8 million.
Erik Lamela struck with a cool header late in the first half at the London Stadium to give Spurs their fourth successive league victory.
City initially feared that De Bruyne would be out of action until late November, but has good progress and returned to training prior to a 0-0 draw at Liverpool before the global break.
"He [Mahrez] played so good at Anfield, that's why I made a decision to play him again", Guardiola told a news conference.
Elsewhere, Cardiff City beat Fulham 4-2 while there were also wins for Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford.
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