Date: 7th October 2018 at 6:29pm
Written by:
Liverpool
0 – 0
Manchester City

Anfield

FA Premier League

10/07/2018 5:30 pm

Referee: Martin Atkinson of West Yorkshire

Liverpool Manchester City
13 Alisson 31 Ederson
12 Joe Gomez 2 Kyle Walker
6 Dejan Lovren 5 John Stones
4 Virgil van Dijk 14 Aymeric Laporte
26 Andrew Robertson 22 Benjamin Mendy
 
5 Georgino Wijnaldum
 
20 Bernardo Silva
 
7 James Milner Keita 29' 25 Fernandinho
11 Mohamed Salah 26 Riyad Mahrez
9 Roberto Firmino Sturridge 72' 21 David Silva
10 Sadio Mané 7 Raheem Sterling Sané 76'
14 Jordan Henderson 10 Sergio Agüero
 
Jesus 66'

Substitutes

3 Fabinho 3 Danilo
8 Naby Keita 4 Vincent Kompany
15 Daniel Sturridge 19 Leroy Sané
22 Simon Mignolet 30 Nicolas Otamendi
23 Xherdan Shaqiri 33 Gabriel Jesus
32 Joel Matip 47 Philip Foden
66 Trent Alexander-Arnold 49 Aro Muric

Game Statistics

7 Goal attempts 6
2 On Target 2
2 Corners 7
10 Fouls 10
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
48 % 52

Johnny On The Spot: It wasn’t the Liverpudlian procession that the pundits craved with honours even on Merseyside. A hectic but awry first half saw two immensely talented sides stuttering 60%-40% in Liverpool’s disjointed favour overseen by an abysmal Martin Atkinson. After weathering Jurgen Klopp’s obligatory dogs chasing sticks opening 15 minutes, City worked  hard to get a foot-hold in the game and achieved it to the chagrin of the home support and the people’s champions media machine, the Blues coming into the game the fresher side. There was an element of make sure about City in the last 10 minutes of the opening period with Laporte excelling. Was Pep Guardiola tactically looking to exploit any “Napoli legs” in the second period? Following some harrowing experiences here of late City would easily be the happier side with parity at the break. However, neither one of City’s full backs had let the handbrakes off. The game could go either way and probably would…. Liverpool barrelled out of the traps after the break looking determined to see City off rapidly and the game suddenly opened up, pantomime season with it briefly too as the two managers exchanged words over Henderson’s embarrassing over reaction to an Aguero foul. The edginess surrounding the game then returned and increased along with an erratic if frantic ebb and flow. Maybe an individual piece of brilliance or a mistake could tip the finely balanced stakes…both sides had been guilty of coughing up possession cheaply. The roof then blew off the place as City’s most expensive player Mahrez, pulling rank on Jesus, threw away a penalty gifted by the world’s most expensive defender Van Dijk who had badly mistimed a challenge on Sané. It was a shockingly unacceptable miss by a man who had missed 3 penaties in 5 previously. It sparked a reprieved Liverpool into life and they kitchen sinked the situation to the full time whistle…City go into the second international break top of the table but rueing a golden chance to break that Anfield hoodoo. Man of The Match for me was Laporte, imperious throughout.

 

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