Sane's onomastically similar rival Mane managed create Liverpool's first real scoring chance of the game, emphatically outpacing Otamendi in the inside left position, charging his way into the area.
But, against a Burnley side with just two points away from home this season, Liverpool were forced to work hard to come back after Ashley Barnes had shot the visitors into a shock, early lead.
Liverpool have now played 38 games in all competitions this season, which is seven fewer than City and 10 less than United.
"With the conditions we played that game, after being [knocked] out of the Champions League and playing against Liverpool, one of the best teams, and how we played against them means a lot to me - so that is why I am happy with my players".
Guardiola's side fell behind to James Milner's 51st-minute penalty but earned a point thanks to Sergio Aguero's equaliser.
Man City got themselves back into proceedings when Kevin De Bruyne's cross was met by the Man City hitman Aguero who equalised - Aguero has a very solid record against the reds.
"When you score goals, after that the game is in our hands and you have more control", he said.
EPL: Manchester City, Liverpool salvage point each in exhilarating draw
Liverpool's Juergen Klopp rued missed chances but agreed that a draw was a fair end to an eventful encounter. He said: "I never came here and said we are going to win one title".
The potential problem, though, is that their issues this season have come against the league's strugglers, with the 20 points they have amassed against the top six in excess of the 19 they have gained in matches with the six sides at the foot of the table.
"After the game, Adam said immediately to me "sorry", and I thought, 'Why?' Now I know why he thought he had to say sorry but he doesn't have to because his performance was outstanding".
"We are a little sad because we deserved to win", he said. "I am so proud", he told the Mirror.
The Reds, who now trail third-placed City by a point, albeit having played a game more than their opponents this weekend, have collected 19 points from their nine games against their top-six rivals so far this season.
"It was hard. In the end we were better and deserved to win", Pochettino said.
Guardiola was criticised after his side crashed out of the Champions League against Monaco in midweek and the Spaniard suffered another blow as City's slender hopes of catching Chelsea were effectively ended at Eastlands. I don't want long balls and passes down the channel. "I am delighted to have John with all the huge amount of mistakes he has, I love him".
Jurgen Klopp revealed Lallana later said sorry for the blunder but the Liverpool manager refused to blame the forward. Adam is one of the most technical players I have ever worked with.