Liverpool vs Man City
Sunday’s Premier League clash would be played recently.
This match would pit Liverpool against Manchester City at Anfield. The pair have dominated the English top flight in recent years and are expected to be among the favorites for the title this season as well.
Liverpool headed into the match as the only team to remain undefeated in PL this season, while Manchester City had a mixed week that included defeating Chelsea and then losing to PSG.
But when all was said and done in Merseyside, the two Premier League powerhouses were forced to settle for a share of the points.
Man City dominated the top 45, with Liverpool looking especially weak in midfield.
1 – Liverpool have had only one shot in the first half, the fewest in the first 45 minutes of a Premier League game at Anfield since January 2017 against Chelsea (also one). Warm. pic.twitter.com/HH5eCUjVbu
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2021
However, they could not assert their chances and would be forced to pay in the second half, when Liverpool was given a lot of life.
The Reds would open the scoring shortly before the hour mark when Mohamed Salah stepped forward to slide Sadio Mane, who pushed his effort past Ederson.
Liverpool lead! 🔴
Excellent work from Mo Salah, and Sadio Mane produces a clinical finish! 💥
What an atmosphere inside Anfield! 🔥
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2021
Man City would eventually fight back after 70 minutes through Phil Foden.
🎙️ “What a player he is!”
Phil Foden is back against Liverpool! 💥
Shocking blow from Foden, after a brilliant career from Gabriel Jesus!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2021
But Liverpool would quickly reestablish their lead with a sensational goal from Salah. This was followed minutes later by Kevin De Bruyne scoring a thunderbolt of his own to make it 2-2 in the 80th minute.
Here are five things 101 learned from the game.
Joel Matip is the central Klopp
With Joe Gomez returning from injury and Ibrahima Konate signed from RB Leipzig over the summer, many probably expected the injury-prone elderly Joel Matip to be well below the pecking order of Liverpool’s central defenders this season.
However, Matip would again be selected by Klopp as Virgil van Dijk’s partner on Sunday.
The 30-year-old has now started in all but one, the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, of Liverpool’s Premier League draws this campaign and it’s easy to see why, given how solid he has been in. so far this season.
Konate and Gomez will likely eventually take their places alongside VVD, but for now, it looks like Klopp is aiming to stick with the experience for now.
And on Sunday, although Liverpool were dominated for much of the first 45, Matip was one of the Reds’ best players.
Grealish’s false nine experiment fails
Sunday’s clash would see Jack Grealish as the last City forward to be deployed in the role of false nine this season.
So far we’ve seen Phil Foden, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and now Grealish used in this role as City continue to try to cope without the services of a traditional number nine until at least January.
Overall, Grealish wasn’t terrible when deployed down the middle, though he did little to convince Pep that he should start the next game there as well before being replaced by Raheem Sterling.
So far, Foden and Torres have put on the best displays in this role and are likely to be the favorites to start there for Man City vs Burnley on October 16.th.
City need to keep Bernardo Silva
During the summer, Pep Guardiola confirmed that Bernardo Silva was among the City players looking to leave the club.
Of course, the Portuguese would end up staying, and what a huge boost it has been for the Sky Blues so far this season.
The 27-year-old has been one of City’s star performers and would make another excellent display against Liverpool.
The Reds were especially overwhelmed in midfield during the first 45, with Silva being one of the main reasons.
The former Monaco player looked smarter than most on the pitch, with his ability to pass players and pick a pass causing the hosts all sorts of problems.
– Premier League (@premierleague) October 3, 2021
Of course, Silva may still want to leave City in the near future, but Sunday’s game showed once again why they must try to keep Silva’s services at all costs.
Liverpool Miss Wijnaldum
While Bernardo Silva and company. To be commended for his dominance, it was also quite clear, especially in the first half, that Liverpool were missing the presence of Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman was a true workhorse during his time at Liverpool, with Sunday’s tie crying out for him to be in midfield chasing the players.
Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones were at their best on the day, but it was clear that Wijnaldum beats those players when it comes to tracking runners and chasing the ball.
Of course, Liverpool eventually grew in the game and came to draw, but if Man City had a decent forward and took his chances from the first half, it could have been a very different story.
Liverpool should have had 10 men before Salah’s goal
As already mentioned, Salah made it 2-1 at Liverpool at the end of the game.
Moments earlier, however, the Reds should have clearly been down to 10 men.
James Milner had already had a yellow card from the first 45 when he dropped Bernardo Silva for what was perhaps the most obvious yellow card offense ever committed on a football field.
However, the referee did not consider it that way. Pep Guardiola was furious about this, and it’s easy to see why, as Milner would be involved in Salah’s goal to make it 2-1.
James Milner now took off. Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t have had the option to do that. He should have been sent off for that foul on Bernardo Silva. Joe Gomez.
– Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 3, 2021
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Premier League table
|1||Chelsea Football Club||7||12||sixteen|
|5||Brighton and Hove Albion||7||3||14|
|7||West Ham United||6||5||eleven|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||4|
|Sarr, Ismael||Watford FC||4|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||3|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||3|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||2|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||2|
|Player||Team||Red cards||Yellow cards|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||4|
|Jump, oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||0||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||3|
|Brownhill, Josh||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Djenepo, Moussa||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||0||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||0||2|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea Football Club||0||2|
|Ward Prowse, James||Southampton FC||1||1|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||7|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||3|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||3|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||2|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford fc||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Azpilicueta, Cesar||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trento||Liverpool FC||2|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||2|