Liverpool vs Man City Player ratings as Premier League title rivals draw at Anfield

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Liverpool and Man City could not be separated at Anfield as their 1-1 draw left the English Premier League title race on a knife edge.

The last-ever English Premier League encounter between Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola was just one of the stories that went into this blockbuster at Anfield.

It was Pep Guardiola’s side who started the stronger, dominating the first possession and threatening De Bruyne and Phil Foden.

Luis Díaz had the ball in the net in the 18th minute but Darwin Núñez was ruled offside as Liverpool stepped up in front of a raucous Anfield crowd.

Manchester City got the first goal of the game in the 23rd minute. De Bruyne took a corner at the near post, Nathan Ake blocked Mac Allister and John Stones tapped home. Brilliant stage routine.

Dominik Szoboszlai has a great chance to equalize, but Harvey Elliott mistimes his exaggerated cross.

Erling Haaland struck for the first time just before the 40th minute, teeing up Virgil van Dijk but unable to really threaten Caoimhín Kelleher.

Both sides had chances before the half-time whistle – Luis Díaz fired past Liverpool just outside the box, Walker shot past all City runners.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Man City gave Liverpool a penalty. Nathan Ake’s pass to Ederson was too short, but the Brazilian still decided to recklessly dive into Núñez and take him down for a spot-kick and a yellow card. He also injured himself in the process and was substituted shortly after.

With Mohamed Salah on the bench until the hour mark, Alexis Mac Allister stepped on and slotted home to put the Reds level.

Manchester City looked rattled after the goal but continued to create openings, best of all to Foden, who lacked Kelleher’s clever leadership. Luis Díaz missed a number of massive chances to put Liverpool ahead, but his touch and/or his shooting was wayward.

Manchester City substitute goalkeeper Stefan Ortega did very well to prevent Darwin Núñez from tapping home just before the 70th minute as both sides pressed for a winner. Jérémy Doku thought he had won but his left-footed shot flew off the post and into the grateful arms of Kelleher.

The Belgian winger was very lucky not to miss another penalty in the ninth minute of extra time. The draw leaves just one point in the top three and keeps Arsenal at the top.

Liverpool player ratings

GK: Caoimhin Kelleher – 6/10 

RB: Conor Bradley – 6/10 

CB: Jarell Quansah – 7/10 

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 8/10 

LB: Joe Gomez – 6/10 

CM: Wataru Endo – 8/10 

CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 7/10 

CM: Dominik Szoboszlai – 5/10 

RW: Harvey Elliott – 7/10 

ST: Darwin Nunez – 6/10 

LW: Luis Diaz – 7/10 

SUB: Mohamed Salah (61 for Szoboszlai) – 5/10

SUB: Andy Robertson (61′ for Bradley) – 7/10

SUB: Cody Gakpo (76′ for Nunez) – 6/10

Man City player ratings

GK: Ederson – 4/10 –

RB: Kyle Walker – 6/10 

CB: Manuel Akanji – 7/10 

CB: John Stones – 8/10 

LB: Nathan Ake – 5/10 

CM: Rodri – 6/10 

AM: Bernardo Silva – 4/10 

AM: Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10 

LM: Julian Alvarez – 5/10 

ST: Erling Haaland – 6/10 

SUB: Mateo Kovacic (69′ for De Bruyne) – 6/10

SUB: Jeremy Doku (69′ for Alvarez) – 6/10