After all the build-up, the match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad turned out to be a draw. With Mo Salah’s penalty kick, a Gabriel Jesus’s goal, and a missed penalty from Kevin De Bruyne, this match made heads turned. The game was simply thrilling throughout the whole 94 minutes and played at a blistering pace. Let’s have a glance at how the action unfolded.
In the first 3 minutes, The Reds were dominating the game. However, the Portuguese player – Diogo Jota give away a foul and broke the rhythm of the game. In the 10th minute, Liverpool was awarded a penalty for a nasty challenge by Raheem Sterling. Salah give The Reds the lead.
in the 31st minute, Manchester City started exploiting the spaces. The Liverpool defence was shabby at times. At some point, Kevin De Bruyne played a through ball to Gabriel Jesus which resulted in a goal. With Jesus in form, you could see it coming, right? Trent Alexander-Arnold, on the other hand, had a calf injury during the match. He was then replaced by the experienced James Milner. After a few moments, City was awarded a penalty. Kevin De Bruyne took the responsibility to convert it. Unfortunately, he missed the penalty and ruled out the chance to make the score 2-1. The game ended 1-1. Yet, both teams moved up the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, was pretty much happy with the team he said: “Usually when we play City, we sit here in the press conference and have to say ‘yeah, here we were slightly lucky’, ‘Ali had to make a world-class save’, and these kinds of things. They usually have more clear-cut chances. Today they didn’t, and that’s a compliment to my boys. So, we respect them a lot.’’
Klopp loved the energy that both teams showed and he said that it was a proper fight at the highest level. Klopp said: ‘’We denied the opponent in a lot of moments, so I’m really happy with the result and the performance.”
Alternatively, Manchester City came up with many opportunities that they missed. Yet, Pep Guardiola, said that he will never underestimate an opponent. He also mentioned that he has faced many teams and has respect for them all, but Liverpool and other teams like Bayern Munich or Barcelona are his toughest opponents. He also mentioned in an interview: “I will try to beat them but that is part of the process. Maybe in a few years, City will have another rival or Liverpool will have another rival so this will not be eternal in terms of all the teams being there but in the last their years the toughest opponent we have had in the Premier League has been Liverpool.”
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