4 talking points from Liverpool 2-2 Man city match
In a back-and-forth encounter at Anfield, Liverpool twice led but couldn’t hang on to defeat Man City – but the point is a bonus after a terrible first half.
Here are the talking points of the game.
- Henderson’s worrisome form
The Liverpool captain’s first-half performance was as far distant as possible from what was necessary against Man City.
It began with a clipped cross to no one from a promising offensive position and ended with him failing to provide any form of cover to James Milner against Phil Foden twice or three times in rapid succession – with a slew of wasted passes in between.
In fact, at halftime, he had completed only 50% of his passes, far behind everyone else on the field.
Second half? He, along with roughly eight others, amplified their efforts, at least in terms of energy and running speed. However, there was still looseness in possession, as he failed to track the runner or protect the full-back on far too many occasions.
- A moment of Milner
James Milner, Liverpool’s vice-captain and ever-willing to fill whatever gap is needed, was forced to play right-back once more.
The No. 7 has spent a lot of time at fullback, but it’s important to remember that’s not his position. It’s important to remember that athletes in this position are nearly always youthful, fast, and technically brilliant.
With some of the judgments he’s forced to make, it’s unavoidable that he’ll be booked – but we have to admit that it’s also fortunate he wasn’t sent off with the score still tied at 1-1; it was an obvious and deliberate trip by him, and he should have been sent out.
The larger issue here is squad depth – we don’t have a right-sided ‘Kostas’ in the group – and he performs admirably.
- Unbelievable Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah had one of those “give him what he wants” days.
Our Egyptian King put up an unquestionably world-class performance, with a fantastic assist and a season-contender goal.
It was nothing short of incredible to see him leave four City defenders in a heap and beat the goalkeeper with his wrong foot.
This was Virtuoso Mo at his best, with a plethora of counters, pressing, covering in defense, and tracking back.
- Table-topping battle
Manchester City are, like it or not, is one of the finest teams in the world – perhaps the best this year, certainly the best last year, and they would have been recognized as such if the manager’s tactical overthinking in the Champions League final had not prevented them from doing so.
Prior to this encounter, they had only conceded once this season – on the first day of the season – and were looking a lot better than the Reds at the halfway point.
As a result, the second half might be viewed as a major turnaround. In many ways, we were on par with them and could have beaten them. We remain ahead on points in the table, even though there’s work to do.
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