Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool: Top two draw to maintain pulsating title race

Because the begin of the 2018-19 season, combining the 4 campaigns, Metropolis and Liverpool have been separated by only a single level within the Premier League

Manchester Metropolis retained their slender one-point benefit on the prime of the Premier League as they fought out a traditional draw with closest rivals Liverpool at Etihad Stadium.

The assembly between the nation’s two excellent sides lived as much as its pre-match billing and in the long run t. was nothing to separate them, with the vacation spot of the title nonetheless hanging within the steadiness with seven video games remaining.

Metropolis flew out of the blocks to take an early lead by means of Kevin de Bruyne’s deflected strike however Liverpool had been rapidly on phrases when Diogo Jota turned house Trent Alexander-Arnold’s go.

Pep Guardiola’s aspect dominated a powerful first 45 minutes however did not convert a number of possibilities earlier than Gabriel Jesus stole in behind Alexander-Arnold to revive their lead from Joao Cancelo’s cross 9 minutes earlier than the break.

Liverpool had been unusually nervous however got here out rejuvenated after the re-start, equalising when Sadio Mane celebrated his thirtieth birthday by scoring from Mohamed Salah’s excellent go within the forty seventh minute.

Raheem Sterling had a aim dominated out for offside as each side pressed for a winner on this excellent match, with Metropolis substitute Riyad Mahrez losing an opportunity to win it within the dying seconds as he lifted his end excessive.

Man Metropolis nonetheless in management… simply

Premier League table
The 2 sides drew 2-2 at Anfield in October of their final assembly within the Premier League

Manchester Metropolis and supervisor Pep Guardiola could remorse their failure to show first-half superiority right into a extra significant benefit however they won’t be wholly dissatisfied with the result.

T. will definitely be no dissatisfaction with Metropolis’s degree of efficiency, which was excellent aside from a sloppy first quarter-hour firstly of the second half, throughout which Liverpool equalised and the reigning Premier League champions had been on the again foot.

Metropolis’s supporters appeared glad sufficient with the ultimate end result, clearly residing on their nerves within the closing phases understanding Liverpool’s menace and their capability to strike at any time.

De Bruyne was at his imperious greatest, though Sterling struggled towards his former membership, his day summed up when arguably his most composed piece of play in a frenetic afternoon noticed a low end previous Alisson dominated out for offside, whereas Liverpool’s keeper additionally denied him within the opening moments of the sport.

Metropolis’s benefit on the prime of the desk is simply that one level however understanding how formidable Liverpool’s problem may be, you observed Guardiola will accept it with solely seven video games left and a fixture checklist that appears manageable.

He would have most well-liked the victory that will have opened up an important hole however Metropolis have survived their hardest fixture of the season towards their most harmful opponents largely unscathed.

Liverpool nonetheless within the hunt

Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's second
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored 46 seconds into the second half to make it 2-2

This was by no means going to be the so-called title decider, it doesn’t matter what the result. T. remains to be the capability for too many potential twists and turns to name it so quickly.

Liverpool got here into the sport in excellent type, on the again of 10 straight league wins and a membership file eight successive away wins in all competitions.

And but, they began with uncharacteristic unease and hesitancy, particularly on the again w. t. had been a number of nervous moments.

Even when they’re off their greatest, Liverpool nonetheless possess ever-present menace and the poacher supreme Jota settled Jurgen Klopp’s aspect with a trademark end for his fifteenth Premier League aim of the season.

Liverpool had been lucky to be solely 2-1 down at half-time, though Metropolis keeper Ederson despatched palpitations round Etihad Stadium when he misplaced management of the ball on his goal-line with Jota in shut attendance, recovering to point out nerves of metal and regain his poise.

Klopp clearly delivered some stern messages to his gamers on the break and Liverpool had been far more themselves within the second half, Mane placing nearly instantly and their urgent sport lastly dashing Metropolis into errors.

Liverpool should still be in second place however they’re proper on this title hunt. Like Guardiola, Klopp would have most well-liked all three factors however he won’t be sad with one from this glorious Premier League spectacle.

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 27Cancelo
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 40mins
  • 16Rodri
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forGrealishat 83′minutes
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 75′minutes
  • 47Foden


  • 6Aké
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Grealish
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 87McAtee
  • 90Lavia


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van DijkBooked at 89mins
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 28mins
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forKeïtaat 78′minutes
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 83mins
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 61mins
  • 11Salah
  • 20JotaSubstituted forDíazat 70′minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forFirminoat 84′minutes


  • 5Konaté
  • 7Milner
  • 8Keïta
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Díaz
  • 62Kelleher

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