Liverpool took a couple of leads, but gave up goals to Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne and finished with an exciting 2-2 draw. Mohamed Salah was excellent, with a goal and assist, and Sadio Mane came through with a goal of his own. Liverpool can be happy with the draw, considering how effective City was early in the game with the ball, but they had their chances to take the three points.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp (7.0) –
Liverpool’s press early on was effective, but City dominated most of the first half. In the second half, Liverpool was better about getting out on the counter and putting its attackers into space.
Alisson (7.5) –
A few great saves for the Liverpool keeper, as well as some great distribution.
James Milner (5.5) –
Milner, replacing the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold at right back, struggled for the most part, especially containing Phil Foden. He was a weakness for Liverpool and probably should have received a second yellow card before he exited for Joe Gomez after Salah’s goal.
Virgil Van Dijk (6.0) –
We haven’t seen the dominant version of Van Dijk this season and that was evident against City. He was solid overall, but the Liverpool backline looked vulnerable in giving up a pair of goals — and against Bernardo Silva.
Joel Matip (7.0) –
The Liverpool backline deserves some criticism, but Matip was effective all game. He made a number of crucial interventions, and also was a fulcrum in Liverpool’s possession.
Andy Robertson (6.5) –
It was a solid, fairly quiet game for Robertson, who didn’t have too many chances on the ball. He managed to get in front of a late City chance in front of goal to preserve the 2-2 scoreline.
Fabinho (6.5) –
Fabinho’s defensive work was crucial all game for Liverpool as their midfield got overrun for much of the game. His most memorable action, though, was a point-blank chance for a winner that was somehow tackled away by Rodri.
Jordan Henderson (6.0) –
Henderson was lively early in the game, but his impact tailed off with City dominating the ball and tilting the field.
Curtis Jones (5.5) –
Liverpool misses the connecting influence of Harvey Elliott. Jones is far from a bad player, and he picked up an assist on the second goal, but he struggled to gain a foothold.
Sadio Mane (7.5) –
It wasn’t an eventful game for Mane, but he came up with a nice finish on the first goal.
Diogo Jota (6.5) –
He wasn’t super active up top, as Liverpool struggled to provide service, but he was characteristically effective as a defensive presence. Subbed off in the second half for Roberto Firmino.
Mo Salah (9.0) –
For much of the game, Salah was quiet, and he was unable to get on the ball too often. But then he found a ball through to Mane for the first goal, and a little while later he produced a gorgeous move for Liverpool’s second goal.
Roberto Firmino (NA) –
Filled Jota’s role well in the final 20 minutes. His tireless pressure had its usual impact.
Joe Gomez (NA) –
Replaced Milner for the final 10-plus minutes.