Manchester City, Liverpool fail to top table in 2-2 draw

Manchester City Liverpool fail to top table in 2 2 draw

On Sunday, Manchester City came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a breathless and pulsating Premier League encounter at Anfield.

All four goals came in a second-half packed with high-quality, high-tempo, end-to-end football.

Sadio Mane had put Liverpool ahead before Phil Foden equalised only for Mohamed Salah to restore the home side’s advantage with a wonderful solo goal.

But Kevin De Bruyne’s 81st-minute equaliser ensured the teams shared the points and left Liverpool in second place on 15 points, one behind leaders Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola’s City are in the third spot on 14 points, level with Manchester United, Everton, and Brighton & Hove Albion.

“What a game. That’s the reason (over) the last years Man City and Liverpool are always there because we try to play in this way. Unfortunately, we couldn’t win – but we didn’t lose. That’s why the Premier League is the best. It was great, really great,” the Spaniard said.

City will look back with regret on their failure not to make more of their first-half domination when the visitors toyed with Jürgen Klopp’s side for the 20 minutes before the interval.

James Milner, filling in for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back, had a torrid half, faced with Phil Foden and Jack Grealish and receiving little help from his teammates.

A remarkable piece of mazy dribbling from Bernardo Silva created a chance for Foden in the 21st minute, but his shot was straight at Alisson, who parried the ball.

City felt they should have had a penalty when Milner appeared to push Foden in the back, but the appeal was waved away by referee Paul Tierney.

That was the first of a series of decisions that infuriated Guardiola.

(Reuters/NAN)