The last time Manchester City faced Liverpool at Anfield, they came away with a huge 4-1 win and absolute dismantling Jurgen Klopp’s side. They now aim to break the Reds’ undefeated streak this season in the big Premier League clash on Sunday. The Citizens were unable to do so, playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw & failing to go to the top of the table.
City were actually the better side in the first half, creating a number of big chances & dominating 55% of the possession. However, poor finishing held them back from going into the half-time break with a lead.
Pep Guardiola’s side were made to pay for their missed chances as Liverpool took the lead in the 59th minute when Sadio Mane finished off a swift attacking move to make it 1-0.
City responded to that really well, finding the equalizer in the 69th minute when Phil Foden drilled a powerful shot into the bottom corner to make 1-1 – sending up a grandstand finish.
Energized by the voice of their supporters, Liverpool got back in front in the 76th minute thanks to a spectacular individual effort by Mo Salah.
But City were not going down in this one, getting a rather fortunate equalizer five minutes later when Kevin de Bruyne’s shot took a wicked deflection off Joel Matip before going into the back of the net. Neither team were able to get the winner after that, being forced to split points after a highly entertaining second half.
Manchester City Player Ratings vs Liverpool
Pep Guardiola (7.0) –
Guardiola was brave in encouraging his side to take the fight to Liverpool at Anfield and it bore…mixed results. City were definitely the better team throughout the 90 minutes, as his tactics countered LFC’s high press style really well for the majority. However, Pep’s decision to play Grealish as a false no.9 made no sense – as the midfielder made zero impact.
Should’ve started Sterling – who definitely made more impact towards the end. Kinda unlucky to see so many chances wasted, but that’s what you get for not having a clinical striker. However, Pep did counter Klopp’s tactics really well and motivated his side to get a big point – which keeps the title race wide open for now.
Ederson (5.0) –
Not really tested in the first half, but Ederson turned playmaker in the 44th – making a brilliant long pass to send Foden through on goal. Makes a solid save to deny Jota’s powerful shot in the 50th minute. Unable to do much for the goals but nearly gifts Liverpool a goal by completing missing a cross – forcing Rodri to make a goal-saving block.
Kyle Walker (6.5) –
Walker did quite well to keep Mane quiet in the first half, making some clutch challenges and using his pace well to recovering possession really well. Ended up losing track of Mane for his goal. Apart from that, Walker was probably City’s most composed, errror-free defender on the day.
Ruben Dias (4.0) –
Dias wasn’t really at his most dominant self in the first 45 minutes, getting booked for a silly foul and almost gifting LFC a goal with a backpass late on. Starts the second half strongly, making a key interception to stop Jota from scoring in the 49th. Then gets spun around by Jota two minutes later, but fortunate for Ederson to save his blushes.
Caught napping for the opener, allowing Mane to go past him too easily to score from close range. Got absolutely rinsed by the LFC attackers.
Aymeric Laporte (5.5) –
Laporte looked composed under the pressure, making 6 key clearances and moving the ball forward efficiently. After a pretty good outing, he got horribly turned all around by Salah before his goal. Topsy-turvy like the entire City backline.
Joao Cancelo (4.5) –
The Portuguese full-back failed in his huge role to keep Salah quiet. Quite influential in the attack early on, making some impressive defence-splitting passes to create chances. Got absolutely done by Salah before Mane’s opener, as the winger easily dribbled past him before assisting the goal.
Then allowed the Egyptian winger to go past him too easily leading to his goal. Failed in his job to neutralized Salah’s threat.
Rodri (7.5) –
The Spanish midfielder seems comfortable in moving the ball around in midfield and is making some clever tackles to break down Liverpool’s swift-breaks. Makes an incredible goal-saving block to deny Fabinho in the 86th, saving Ederson’s blushes after a horrible error. Basically won City a point with that amazing block. A solid outing from Rodri under an intense environment.
Bernardo Silva (8.0) –
The unpredictable midfielder is zooming all over the final third trying to create stuff. Swings in a nice cross that isn’t converted in the 16th. Makes a brilliant forward run in the 20th, dancing past multiple players & leaving Van Dijk stuttering before creating a nice chance for Foden.
Perfectly countered Liverpool’s high press style with clever link-up play and moved the ball forward efficiently. Worked hard defensively to help his side and produced a real industrious effort all game long.
Kevin de Bruyne (5.5) –
De Bruyne is up to his mischievous ways from the get-go, making a brilliant defence-splitting pass in the 2nd minute itself. Tip-toed into the box in the 24th before his shot from a weird angle went wide. Got a big scoring chance in the 34th, but struck his diving header horribly over the bar. Lacked that special something in the first half.
After having a pretty poor game, popped up with a crucial goal which luckily deflected into the back of the net. Pretty lackluster apart from that moment, scuffing experimental passes and making quite a few errors.
Phil Foden (8.5) –
Foden starred in City’s big win at Anfield last season and aims to replicate that today. Hits a difficult header wide in the 19th. Should’ve done better after sent through on goal in the 20th, hitting an attempt straight at Alisson. Foden swung in a couple of impressive crosses to create chances in the first half, but couldn’t get the ball past Alisson in multiple one-v-one chances.
Finally got one past Alisson, ending up in a sweet goal to get things level. Then did really well to get past Liverpool’s backline & lay the pass up for De Bruyne’s goal. Tormented Milner & co with his brilliant forward running and City’s best attacker on the day.
Jack Grealish (4.0) –
Grealish started in a unique false no.9 role in this one. Tries to curl one into the top corner in the 15th, but sees his shot blocked. Looked lost in his role, struggling to influence anything in the attack. Taken off after the hour-mark following a disappointing performance.
Gabriel Jesus (7.0) –
Jesus was mostly forced to provide defensive cover or stick to the right-wing in the first half, but worked hard to create a few half-decent chances. Superbly went past multiple midfielders before cleverly picking out Foden for his equalizer. Kept Robertson on his toes with clever movement down his wing.
Raheem Sterling (6.0) –
Sterling had the Kop really nervous with some of his clever runs into the box after coming on, but just didn’t have the final touch to get the goal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Can’t really pick between Salah and Foden here. Both were brilliant for their respective teams. So they have to share the MOTM crown today.