The change of position seemed to have a destabilising effect on the 21-year-old, who diverted Lovren's header back to Sergio Aguero in the penalty area.
The City boss said: "If you play so quick they are much better than us".
"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".
Liverpool will host Manchester City at Anfield tonight as the two giants aim to beat the other to go to the top of the table. Where City have faced a fixture against a team just promoted from the Championship (Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff), last season's data has been taken from the fixture against the team relegated to make way for them (Swansea, West Brom and Stoke). They will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations, where we needed Alisson with a really good save.
"We deserved to win, but sometimes it's important not to lose, as well".
"I'm so comfortable (with) the performance we have done".
Buoyed by a typically vibrant home crowd, Liverpool started on the front foot and City were struggling to match the hosts' intensity. It makes no sense to moan about it when you are in it. Of the three, Mane has looked the most likely, while Firmino continues to show why he's so vital with his ability to drop deep for the ball and harry defenders when Liverpool don't have possession.
"Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect", Van Dijk told reporters.
Also as a striker, Gabriel Jesus will often get annoyed if the opportunity to put away such a clear chance is taken away from him, which is exactly what happened to him on Sunday evening against Liverpool.
Salah had the first opening after just three minutes when he pulled his shot wide after jinking inside John Stones.
"You never know with a penalty". Sunday's match didn't turn out quite so exciting, as the sides played out a cagey 0-0 draw.
Guardiola acknowledged that his side had chosen to lower the tempo in the game to limit the potency of Liverpool's attack.