Liverpool and Manchester City

Liverpool and Manchester City played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in a top-of-the-table clash played at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening.

With just a point separating the two sides, the match had been dubbed a title decider, and it lived up to its billing as the pick of the weekend.

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Both managers made three changes to the teams that played in the Champions League in midweek.

Pep Guardiola recalled Kyle Walker to the starting lineup, with Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus also coming into the side after appearances off the bench against Atletico Madrid.

Klopp, on the other hand, recalled Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, and Diogo Jota, replacing Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, and Luis Diaz.

The match got off to an electric start with City on the better side in the opening minutes.

Raheem Sterling got the first chance of the match after five minutes when he was accorded enough time and space inside the box, but his shot towards the middle of the goal was comfortably saved by Alisson.

They however found the back of the net moments later as Bernardo Silva produced a killer pass to release Kevin De Bruyne, who then unleashed a shot from the edge of the box and scored off the right post.

The lead lasted less than 10 minutes as Liverpool equalised in the 13th minute with a fantastic team goal.

Diogo Jota was set free in the area by Trent Alexander-Arnold and the Portuguese fired low past Ederson.

Clear chances then faded after the goal with both teams seeing a lot of the ball but with no success at both ends of the posts.

De Bruyne came close to making it 2-1 on the half-hour mark, but he fired his effort just wide of the left post from inside the box after running onto a splendid pass from Joao Cancelo.

The recalled Jesus then restored Liverpool’s lead in the 36th minute, connecting with a cross inside the box and taking a brilliant touch to fire the ball in off the crossbar, leaving the keeper helpless.

It was not to be any boring in the second period as Liverpool pulled level seconds into the restart when Sadio Mane beat Ederson with a neat finish after he was found by Mohamed Salah with a precise pass inside the box.

Ederson was once again called into action in the 52nd minute, brilliantly denying Jota who was almost finding the back of the net with a wonderful effort.

Raheem Sterling thought he had given City the lead against his former side just after the hour-mark, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Despite both teams threatening and creating a number of chances late on, none could score as they shared the points.

The draw means City will continue leading the standings on 74 points, one ahead of the Reds with seven games to go.


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