Manchester City and Liverpool played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Anfield on a thrilling afternoon of football.
After a one-sided first half in which Pep Guardiola’s men were powerful but wasteful, the Reds took the lead twice in the second half, only to be pegged back both times as the game ended all square and Chelsea retained their Premier League lead.
At Anfield, the players were evaluated as follows:
Alisson – 7 – Made some crucial interventions including a literal slide tackle to stop City in their tracks. Was often left all at sea by his defence and could do nothing about City’s two goals.
James Milner – 3 – Roasted over and over again by Phil Foden and was extremely lucky to stay on the field after scything down Bernardo Silva when already on a yellow. Was subbed soon after.
Joel Matip – 7 – Defended admirably, especially as City got by Milner constantly. Made a game-high 4 interceptions as he tried desperately to stop City from advancing. Unlucky to deflect De Bruyne’s shot beyond Alisson.
Virgil van Dijk – 6 – Looked very much like a man recovering from injury. Luckily for him, City wasn’t sharp.
Andrew Robertson – 7 – A really determined display. Made a team-high 5 clearances.
Fabinho – 4 – City bypassed him like a training cone for basically the entire game, most notably on Phil Foden’s goal as Gabriel Jesus literally skipped by him like he wasn’t even there.
Jordan Henderson – 7 – A tremendously hard-working display from the Liverpool captain.
Curtis Jones – 5 – Didn’t impact the game at all.
Mohamed Salah – 9 – Absolutely mesmeric. The city denied him possession in the first half but the second half belonged almost solely to him. Destroyed Joao Cancelo over and over, once leading to a sublime assist for Sadio Mané. Another instance saw him dance away from Cancelo, Foden and Bernardo Silva and then roast Laporte before thundering the ball beyond Alisson.
In truth, no goal can do justice to the genius of this goal, an absolute miracle and if it isn’t the goal of the season then something truly outrageous has happened. The very best player in the Premier League, bar none.
Diogo Jota – 6 – A hard-working display but didn’t really leave an impression on City.
Sadio Mané – 7 – Rocketed the Reds into a scarcely deserved lead early in the second half with a majestic run and strike.
Roberto Firmino (for Jota 68′) – 5 – Made almost literally no impact on the game.
Joe Gomez (for Milner 78′) – 7 – Came on for the fortunate Milner and made one crucial clearance to stop a City goal. It was his only real intervention but it literally earned the Reds a point.
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