Over the last few weeks one has witnessed two very different facets of Liverpool in European football and The Premier League.
The Reds have been simply brilliant in The Champions League with two phenomenal victories over A.C. Milan and F.C. Porto at the onset of their campaign. That being said, when it comes to home football, the same couldn’t be said.
Liverpool played out a rather disappointing 3-3 draw last weekend away to Brentford in a game they were expected to win comfortably. Yesterday, again amid a 50,000 strong home support at Anfield, they couldn’t foil Manchester City as the visitor’s came from behind twice to take an important away point in a 2-2 draw.
Certainly, something to ponder on for Jurgen Klopp and his chargers.
With this latest draw, Liverpool have only won once against The Sky Blues in their last seven fixtures, drawing three and losing three. Not a happy reading if you’re a Kopite.
So, without further ado, lets dissect this thrilling outcome in a match that certainly lived up to expectations with the cream of English football going at it.
Manchester City Dominate the First 45 Amid No Goals
Before the game began, both teams paid tribute to the legend of English football, Roger Hunt, the second highest goal scorer for Liverpool with a whopping 285 strikes in all competitions who passed away recently.
The biggest modern-day rivalry in English football began with Manchester City dominating play. They created their first opportunity on goal in the 21st minute as Bernardo Silva weaved his way through Liverpool’s defence passing the ball to Phil Foden whose strike was well saved by keeper Alisson.
Liverpool were lucky not to be a goal down this early in the contest.
Minutes later The Sky Blues had another opportunity as Cancelo burst into space on the left flank and then skewed an incisive pass to Kevin De Bruyne who hit the ball just inches off-target. The Belgian in a matter of moments had another shot at goal with his header just going over the bar.
The Reds were at sixes and sevens with their defence giving wide spaces to City to mount offence.
As the first half ended, the visitors were surely up on confidence albeit the all-important goal still eluded them.
Second 45 Sees a Goal Fest
Liverpool started the second 45 with more belief which was found lacking in the first half. Seemed like Klopp gave his chargers a much-needed verbal barrage at half-time to boost their motivation.
Five minutes in to the second 45, Diogo Jota fired Liverpool’s first shot on target which was comfortably saved by Ederson.
The Reds would have their first goal in the 59th minute as Mohamed Salah broke into space on the right flank and made a sublime offload to Mane who made no mistake to slot the ball in.
Liverpool led City by one goal to nil as Anfield roared in celebration.
Eight minutes later, City equalized through a brilliant low strike by Foden giving Alisson no chance after the Englishman was fed with a sumptuous cross by Gabriel Jesus. The score was now locked at one apiece as Foden had just silenced the boisterous Kop.
The contest still had more twists as Liverpool again went into the ascendency in the 76th minute courtesy of Salah after the Egyptian made a super run into the Manchester City D beating three defenders and firing a right footed strike passed Ederson in the left corner.
Kop had their voice back and Anfield their cheer – little did they know that this would be short-lived.
In the 81st minute, De Bruyne put City back on level terms with a brilliant strike from the edge of the D that took a deflection off Joel Matip to enter the Liverpool net.
Anfield was in shock, Kop had lost their voice again and the hosts had absolutely no idea of what just hit them.
Minutes before the full 90, Liverpool had yet another chance to go up as Fabinho’s effort was brilliantly blocked by defender Rodri.
As the referee called time on the game, the final score read Liverpool 2 -2 Manchester City much to the disappointment of the home fans.
The Reds need to resurrect their Premier League form
Liverpool have been rather disappointing in their last two games in the league and definitely need to resurrect their form going forward. The Reds have had four victories and three draws from their seven outings so far.
Going forward, they need to get their defensive act together and hope to create more forward plays as opportunities arise.
With Watford up next in the league, this could be a good chance to register a win.
The Reds then lock horns with Atlético Madrid in the Champions League followed by the biggest showdown in English football with a CR7 inspired Manchester United. In these times it would be important to reflect on a quote synonymous with the club’s history.
‘Unity is strength – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’
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