With regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero replaced by Gabriel Jesus, the former Leicester City winger stepped up on 86 minutes after Virgil van Dijk had felled Leroy Sane in a taut Premier League clash.
Despite being gifted the opportunity to grab all three points at their title challenger's home ground, only for Riyad Mahrez to miss a late penalty, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be the happier of the two managers after claiming a point.
Liverpool had won their last three meetings with City prior to Sunday and it took until the 62nd minute for either team to register a single shot on target at Anfield as both teams cancelled each other out.
"Obviously they were a bit cautious ofthe way we play and I think we have earned that respect, but they still pressed and still tried to play their game".
"It showed we are not just a team that wants to play and leaves big spaces, but we are a team who want to be strong defensively".
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.
I am expecting City and Liverpool to fight it out, with Chelsea the only other team who can challenge for the title - though for that to happen, a lot depends on Eden Hazard.
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They are unbeaten in the top flight and, though they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea, also recorded an impressive 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
"[After] 85 minutes, you obviously get a bit tired, and that moment goes by in a split second and I chose to dive in, which is not what I would normally do".
"I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams", the centre-half said.
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.
They will play Huddersfield town after the global break and then will host the Serbian team, Red Star Belgrade at Anfield for their next Champions League game.
"We deserved to win, but sometimes it's important not to lose, as well". After a tough trip away to Napoli in the Champions League where the front three just didn't click, Liverpool again looked quite boring in attack. We have to all keep going and now it is internationals.