|Mo Salah fires one past Ederson after dancing through the City defense in the 2-2 draw on Sunday at Anfield. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Liverpool against Manchester City is one fixture with no real history of animosity, it has always been about football and hugs at the end, but of late there’s been a run of epic on-field activities and the latest instalment of the fixture lived up to the billing beyond words.
Sunday’s fixture at Anfield brought us sensational memories, usual suspects doing their thing on the biggest stage, probably the two best managers in the league, with the last four titles between them as a testament to their work, contributing to the bragging rights that the league is the best in the world.
Liverpool fielded same team that swept aside Porto in the champions league in midweek and Manchester City fielded same team that beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the Kops unbeaten this season and were at the top before Chelsea beat stubborn Southampton on Saturday;
City went in hard from the start and were guilty of missing lots of chances, Kevin De Bruyne headed wide with the goal gapping and Phil Foden failed to connect a tidy pass from the industrious Bernardo Silva late in the first half.
The first would be remembered from the twist and turns of the Portuguese midfielder Silva as well as barks and shouts from the sidelines especially when Foden was tripped in the Liverpool area by James Milner who was already on a yellow, Guardiola was fuming as Paul Tierney saw nothing wrong there.
The second half has to be the best we’ve seen from the entire league this season, end to end stuff and pure magic, which reminds us of the fact that the two teams on parade are the best in the land.
Liverpool drew the first blood, Mohammed Salah on the beat, with a fierce run and a spatial pass to Sadio Mane who tucked one past Ederson for his 99th premier league goal, breaching the City defense that had only been beaten once prior to that.
But ten minutes later, Foden struck with a very neat finish, the young lad who ultimately decided the same fixture last season with a goal and two assists, he has now scored against Liverpool every time he has faced them.
And then it became free for all, first Mo Salah took laws in his own hands, side-stepping Silva and Foden before turning Ayemric Laporte inside out and then firing past Ederson with his weaker foot, it was a joy to watch and he drew applause from both sets of fans.
Five minutes later, De Bruyne was doing the same, his pass of outrageous quality located Foden on the left, dances here and there and the ball fell to the Belgian who fired fiercely to the far corner with replays showing it took a wicked deflection of Joel Matip.
2-2 was the perfect result with both managers praising each other and making light work of the spat that happened during the game. Either side could have gone to the top with a win but the draw proved what we all know, there’s a champion between the two.