Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2: Blues come from behind twice to earn well-deserved point

By Ethan Aspinall, Thu 14 October 2021 16:22

Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2: Blues come from behind twice to earn well-deserved pointPhil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne on the scoresheet in Anfield thriller

Liverpool: Alisson, Milner (Gomez 78), Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Salah, Jota (Firmino 68), Mane
City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Jesus, Foden, Grealish (Sterling 66)

Goals: Mane (59), Foden (69), Salah (76), De Bruyne (81)
Booked: Milner, Fabinho, Jota, Dias, Cancelo, Silva
Man of the Match: Phil Foden
Referee: Paul Tierney
Attendance: 53102

Liverpool and Manchester City both earned a point to take Liverpool second and City third in the Premier League table in what was a thrilling match at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. 

The match began with end to end football with chances for both teams appearing, and the encounter was already beginning to pan out as an interesting affair. 

As the first half progressed it wasthe visitors who were beginning to enjoy the majority of possession with the home side struggled to get out of their own half at times.

City began to generate some very good chances with Liverpool still struggling to find their way into the game. It was beginning to look like the visitors would draw first blood, however they were unable to find the back of the net with Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne spurning chances to keep things all square at half time. 

Early in the second half Liverpool began to find their feet and impose themselveson the game. Jurgen Klopp's team started to create chances and were rewarded in the 58th minute, when a through ball from Mohamed Salah found its way to Sadio Mane who cooly finished it off to give the home side the lead in the encounter. 

City's heads didn't drop and the Blues remained resilient as they continued to threaten Liverpool's defence. Just under ten minutes after the first goal a cool pass from Gabriel Jesus found its way to Phil Foden who slotted the ball in the bottom right corner to give City a well deserved equaliser. 

With the scores level and just over twenty minutes left to play, it was clear both teams were now looking for a goal to potentially finish the game off and secure the three points. Liverpool thought they had won the game in the 76th minute, when Egyptian starlet Salah produced a moment of magic as he skipped past City’s defence and finished from a tight angle to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead. Anfield erupted.

However, six minutes later a backpass from Gabriel Jesus found De Bruyne who hit a shot from outside the box. It deflected off Joel Matip to leave Alisson no chance, and it was all square once again. 

In the final moments of the game both sides looked for a winner, and in the 87th minute a free kick landed at the feet of Fabinho with the goal gaping, but a heroic challenge from Rodri thwarted the Liverpool midfielder. A thrilling match ended 2-2 with both teams deserving of a point.