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Digging Deeper Into Liverpool’s 1-1 Draw with Manchester City

With a draw to Manchester City in the books, we take a closer look at what it all means for the Reds.

Manchester City v Liverpool FC - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Liverpool did the thing in that they saved a point from the jaws of defeat. If you ask some fans, you’ll hear that it was a perfectly serviceable performance, with the Reds continuing to push despite going down in the 27th minute, and Alisson Becker having an uncharacteristically poor performance, and being rewarded with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s equalizer in the second half. This writer had to wake up at 4am for this match so may be a little grumpy and feel as though they watched a different match compared to others.

Winners and Losers

Winner: The Fans that were awake for yet another early kick off. Liverpool have had statistically the most early kick off matches following an international break of the entire Premier League and Saturday’s match was another tick in that box. This time, like most of the others, some our international players looked like they were suffering some jet lag, with Darwin Nunez and Alisson Becker unable to make the most of their positions, so the fans that woke up early to sit through that match (or stayed up all night) may be the ultimate winners.

Loser: Diogo Jota. Unable to make an impact in the first half and forcing early substitutions in the second half through injury, the game seemed prime for Jota’s poaching and yet he was rendering ineffective and now faces a potential injury spell.

Loser: Manchester City. Just by the virtue of being City, but also it was their first non-win at home in... a long time. So we’ll take it.

Winner: Trent Alexander-Arnold. Fans either love him or tolerate him, there is no inbetween, and today’s heroics won’t sway anyone in either direction, but he was the one to score the equalizer when proven goal-scorers like Nunez and Mohamed Salah were unable to find the back of the net, so that has to count for something.

How The Fans Reacted

What Happens Next

The big picture is that Liverpool took two points off of a dominant Manchester City side and still second on the table with a point between them and the leaders. While it did leave the door open for Arsenal to pip both teams to the top spot later in the day if they win against Brentford, it’s still not a bad place for Liverpool to be heading into the busiest month of the season. The potential injuries to Alisson and Jota are worrying though, especially going into December, and those will have to be closely monitored if we’re to keep up this title push.

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