Manchester City 1 - 1 Liverpool
Manchester City: Haaland 27’
Liverpool: Alexander-Arnold 80’
WAKE UP! Liverpool are back, and they are once again playing in the early match. At what point do I start to think that this is a conspiracy against Jürgen Klopp and, more importantly, me?
Darwin Núñez starts up front and Curtis Jones gets the call in the midfield as the Reds take on Manchester City at the Etihad.
Manchester City have all the possession and all of the chances as the game kicks on a foggy day in Manchester.
15 minutes in, Liverpool get their first good chance in the game. Joël Matip gets free and sends the ball to Mohamed Salah. Salah lobs it onto the head of Núñez, whose header is knocked away with a diving save by Ederson.
Liverpool are asking for trouble in the early-goings here. They’ve had several sloppy moments of their own making in front of Alisson’s goal and have only been lucky not to get punished for it.
Alisson is having a bad day, and it shows in Manchester City’s first goal. The keeper’s long kick goes straight into the air and to the feet of Ake, who plays in Haaland. Haaland’s shot tucks neatly into Alisson’s far corner.
At the end of the first half, Liverpool have a good attacking spell, but Jones is a little over-zealous and it ends with City countering to no avail.
Alisson is forced into a low save from Foden’s shot. On the other end, Diogo Jota can’t quite take advantage of a mistake by Ederson.
The first half ends with Manchester City up 1-0.
Liverpool start well after the break. However, it’s not long before Jota goes down with a hamstring problem and needs to be subbed out. Luis Díaz comes on for him, with Ryan Gravenberch replacing Jones at the same time. Probably for the best, as Jones has not had the best game in the midfield. Hopefully the fresh legs will give the Reds a lift.
Núñez gets through the defense, and his shot is sent out for a corner. This leads to a flurry of corners, which ends with Virgil van Dijk’s header going straight into the arms of Ederson.
Manchester City score again, but this time VAR disallows it because Dias pushed Alisson in the build up. Liverpool are let off. The Reds haven’t found the back of the net yet, but there’s plenty of time, and they’ve gotten close here. This game could use Cody Gakpo to give them some new life.
Núñez gets a shot off, but it’s pushed out for a corner. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s airy delivery is easily caught by Ederson.
As if Klopp read my mind, here comes Gakpo on for Dominik Szoboszlai for the last 20 minutes.
Finally, after 80 minutes, Liverpool find their breakthrough, and it comes in the form of Alexander-Arnold. It starts with Díaz sending the ball across the pitch to Salah. Salah gets the ball to Alexander-Arnold in the center, who doesn’t hesitate to hit it into the far corner. Liverpool are level.
Klopp makes a double change, bringing on Wataru Endo and Harvey Elliott for Alexis Mac Allister and Núñez. The game is wide open now, and Klopp is looking for a winner.
Somehow there is eight minutes of time added, so both teams have time to grab the three points.
In another exciting turn of events, Alisson also looks to have done in his hamstring as he defends the goal in the wake of a flurries of Manchester City attacks. However, the Reds are out of subs, so he’ll have to tough it out for the next few minutes. Not great. Hopefully it’s just a cramp.
Liverpool and Manchester CIty split the points, but at what cost to the Reds, who may now be down two key players for the foreseeable future.