Man City 1-1 Liverpool: Match Reaction

What a game! I love football.

It’s a shame we couldn’t hold on and get all three points but there are much easier places to visit in the Premier League than the Etihad.

I’m actually surprised City didn’t cause Liverpool more problems than they did – they controlled the first five minutes or so and then, for the most part, went missing for the next hour.

Liverpool done well to carve out as many chances as they did against Pep Guardiola’s men but a lot of that actually came from City’s defenders making mistakes.

The win would have put Liverpool ahead of City, even if they’d have a game in-hand but the draw now means that the upcoming Merseyside Derby now holds even more weight than usual.

A win for Everton puts them – temporarily – three points adrift of Liverpool and a win for the Reds means going level on points with second placed Spurs, even if they’d have a game in-hand.

Liverpool now sit four in the table but need to put in more consistent performances – like we’ve seen – if they are to hold on to that spot.

Man United and, to a lesser extent, Arsenal are hot on their tails and will punish any more mistakes Liverpool make – luckily, for the Reds, City were the last team to play this season that are currently in the top six.

Back to this afternoon’s game; Liverpool and City matched each other – in terms of quality, and in terms of missing absolute sitters.

The scoreline could have easily been 2-2 with Adam Lallana and Sergio Aguero missing chances to take the lead for their teams.

It was end-to-end stuff for pretty much the entire game; the reason the scoreline is so small is just because players couldn’t seem to hit the target.

Toward the end of the second half, City began to get sloppy in possession and often gave the ball away to a Liverpool player, despite being under no real pressure – Bacary Sagna was caught out at least twice.

Both sets of fans will likely shrug their shoulders at the draw; it would have been so easy for either team to walk away with all three points. However, it’d be understandable if City fans expect their players to perform a little better in their own back yard.

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Steven Carson

Steven is a Club Journalist at AFC Liverpool and Features Writer for Paisley Gates

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