Manchester City and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at the Etihad in a match dubbed as an early title decider. Football Express brings you the Manchester City and Liverpool player ratings from the encounter.
Kyle Walker brought down Sadio Mane and conceded a penalty in the 12th minute, which was skillfully dispatched in the bottom left corner by Mohamed Salah. Kevin de Bruyne was left free in the final third of the pitch in the 31st minute, and the Belgian picked out Gabriel Jesus, who took a neat touch and scored past Alisson Becker.
De Bruyne got Manchester City a penalty after his hard-hit cross struck Joe Gomez on the hand inside the box. The Englishman appealed, making the point he could not have got his hand out of the way in the situation, but VAR helped referee Craig Pawson point to the spot.
De Bruyne missed his penalty as he sent his shot inches wide of the left post. this was the first penalty to be off-target in the Premier League since Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez skied his effort in the 2018 encounter against the same opponents. Liverpool soaked late pressure from City in the last 10 minutes and the game ended in a draw, a result that was fair on the day.
Manchester City 1–1 Liverpool (Match Preview)
The result puts Liverpool 3rd on the League Table, a point behind league leaders Leicester. Manchester City go into the international break 10th in the standings, albeit playing one game less than the teams above them.
Manchester City Player Ratings:
Ederson Moraes: 6.5
The Brazilian goalkeeper did not have much to do but was impeccable when needed. Denied Firmino early on with a well-timed rush off his line.
Kyle Walker: 5
The English right-back drew controversial comments from pundit Roy Keane for a below-par performance. Was ineffective going forward and took down Mane to concede the penalty that Salah scored.
Ruben Dias: 7
City’s new £62 million centre-back was solid as he thwarted any Liverpool attack down the middle. Good in the air and looks like a solid defender that will start regularly for City.
Aymeric Laporte: 6.5
The French defender paired with Dias to form a solid centre-back pairing. This was the most solid City have looked at the back against Liverpool in a while, and it was largely down to him and Dias.
Joao Cancelo: 7
Filling in for the injured Benjamin Mendy, Cancelo played out of position at left-back and kept Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota at bay throughout the second half. City’s best player on the day.
A below-average game from the Spanish defensive midfielder. The Spaniard ran 6km in the first half, the most of any City player, but still, let the Reds get behind him at will.
Ilkay Gundogan: 6.5
The German midfielder was solid in the possession and led the City’s press in the closing stages of the second half, ensuring the Reds don’t threaten on the counter-attack.
Kevin de Bruyne: 6
Despite missing the penalty, the Belgian was City’s biggest threat going forward. The Belgian had 4 shots in the game, the most of any player. Set up Jesus for the equalizer in sublime fashion.
Feran Torres: 5
Anonymous the whole game till he was taken off 15 minutes into the second half. The young Spaniard’s inexperience in big games showed.
Gabriel Jesus: 7
The Brazilian scored a sublime goal to equalize the scoreline after taking a magical first touch (whether he meant to take that touch or not is a different debate). Apart from that, not called much into action in the Liverpool box.
Raheem Sterling: 6
The ex-Liverpool winger does not shine against his former employers, and today was another one of those occasions. Forced Alisson into an early save but didn’t threaten much later on.
Bernardo Silva: 5.5
Liverpool Player Ratings:
Alisson Becker: 7.5 (Man of the Match)
The Brazilian stopper was on hand to sweep any balls played in behind the Liverpool defence, especially late on. Made an excellent stop to deny Sterling. If he was out for the game today, City would have won.
Trent Alexander-Arnold- 5.5
An average game from the English international before he was forced off the field with a calf problem. Forgot to wear his crossing boots but was good at the back.
Joel Matip: 6.5
Gave the ball away far too many times despite being rock solid at the back. Very rarely beaten and won his duels very well. An all-around composed performance that would re-assure Liverpool fans for the future.
Joe Gomez: 5.5
The young English centre-back had a tough game as he was caught flat-footed many times. Not the most dominant in the air and conceded a cheap penalty, although he could not have done much about it.
Andy Robertson: 6.5
The Scottish left-back put in a tireless performance as he contributed positively at both ends of the pitch. Put in dangerous crosses and was not caught out late to allow any City attack building from his side of the defence.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 6.5
Liverpool only started with 2 central midfielders against City’s 3, but the Dutchman was tireless in his pressing and composed in possession.
Jordan Henderson: 7
A captain’s display as the English central-midfielder put in a bullish performance in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. Won his duels against City’s midfielders and kept the ball safely.
Roberto Firmino: 5
The Brazilian had memorable outings against Manchester City in the past few years, but was a shell of his former self today. Squandered every opportunity that came his way.
Diogo Jota: 5.5
Liverpool’s new Portuguese signing was in an electric form before the game, but disappeared against City on the pitch. Was tightly marked but wasted both shots that came his way.
Sadio Mane: 7
Liverpool’s best attacker by far on the day. The Senegalese winger won the penalty that put Liverpool ahead, and looked threatening all match.
Mohamed Salah: 6.5
The Egypt international was on hand to dispatch a crucial penalty in a pressure situation. Apart from his goal, the ex-Roma winger could not find his best position on the pitch and switched way too often to have any stability in his play.
James Milner: 6. Came on for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold. Filled in well to see City out for a draw.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 5.5. Did not have the intended impact off the bench even though he had plenty of time to settle into the game.
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