Exciting match between Manchester City and Liverpool
Manchester City are still one point ahead of Liverpool in the title race after the duo played a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.
The thirty-second round of the English Premier League ended with a positive draw between Liverpool and Manchester City, with a score of 2-2 in the Premier League.
Our Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, was unable to score a goal for the seventh consecutive round, but he remained at the top of the scorers’ list, with Son and Jota chasing after him.
Pep Guardiola’s holders used to start matches on their home ground in an electric way and today was no different with captain Kevin De Bruyne in the lead for his team and after five minutes the Belgian international split on the Liverpool defense, but unfortunately for City, Raheem Sterling fired a pass by Gabriel Jesus directly from Alisson from Eight yards away.
Just a minute later, Manchester City’s side were able to forget Sterling’s wastage when De Bruyne passed Fabinho in midfield and his left shot deflected away from Joel Matip and erupted painfully out of Alisson’s reach and off the post.
Liverpool seemed visibly annoyed by Manchester City’s quick start but in the 12th minute Diogo Jota raised his team’s level. The Portuguese striker has often been Liverpool’s man of the day on the big occasion since signing with Anfield in the summer of 2020 and has cleverly finished off the final edge of the six-yard box following a neat cut from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The match continued with a shrouded level of intensity after that and as Liverpool began to gain a foothold in the match it was City who looked the most dangerous as De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo both shot in sight.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, City finally got the goal their quality of play deserved and Cancelo fired past the Liverpool defense and brilliantly finished Gabriel Jesus into the roof of the net.
Having been outdone for large parts of the opening period, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was expecting a response from his side, and less than a minute into the second half he would get that response and Mohamed Salah slipped a fine ball past Kyle Walker and his long-term partner in crime Sadio Mane. Great ball in the top corner.
An hour later, Sterling thought he had given his side the lead over his former team with a fine finish under Alisson after another pass from De Bruyne.
Although Liverpool’s performance improved dramatically in the second half, Guardiola’s side always looked more likely to find a winner and in the last minute of stoppage time substitute Riyad Mahrez got a golden opportunity after being played by De Bruyne. It rises high above the beam.
Today’s result suggests City are one point ahead of Liverpool in the seven games they play and afterwards Jurgen Klopp felt his side deserved a share of the spoils and insisted his side would keep pushing Guardiola’s men until the end of the season.
“I think we could describe it as a second arm-down boxing fight and you get a big punch. I liked a lot of things,” he told Sky Sports, “I thought we were closer than ever.”
“The start of the second half was a lot better. Obviously, City tried things like balls in the back, it makes sense to have these smart drills in the moments when we try to breathe a little bit another comes in. It was a great match and the result and we have to live with it and live with it.
We could have done better but in a lot of moments we did really well Move the game is crazy It was fun and I loved it and I think it was a great and well deserved draw We wanted to make sure that they see my kids as exceptional too.
“Seven games left for both teams and we’re not going to stop chasing now that’s for sure. Let’s make sure we’re ready for Benfica for this team at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals and then we’ll see who gets the best result.”