The city of Liverpool receives aid. A negative result for Manchester City. At the end of today’s game, which took place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Liverpool and league leaders Manchester City played to a gritty 1-1 draw. These are the emotions that will be mirrored in the respective locker rooms of both teams.
The team coached by Pep Guardiola won the majority of the match by maintaining possession of the ball as they typically do and repeatedly posing a danger to Liverpool’s defense.
A goal scored inadvertently by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the second half gave Liverpool a much-appreciated draw as the title battle continues to heat up. At this time, there is only one point separating Liverpool and Manchester City in the standings.
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The strategy that City employed was straightforward but quite effective: they let loose Jeremy Doku. Alongside Bernardo Silva, the Belgian continued to provide a constant threat to Liverpool’s back line by operating on the left wing and harassing the Reds with runs and several crosses.
Both teams came into the game with the intention of pressing high and forcing errors from the other, but Liverpool was the one that struggled the most to stop Doku from dominating the game as he saw fit.
The constant pressure that the offense applied to the goalkeeper for Liverpool, Alisson Becker, was another significant strategy that proved to be successful. The likes of Haaland, in particular, left the Brazilian no room for error by continuously pushing him beyond of his comfort zone. This was especially true in the case of the Brazilian.
And it paid off for them in the 27th minute when a wayward pass from a sloppy Alisson was intercepted by Ake, who put the ball in the back of the net.
The defense of the Reds was breached by Ake when he played a straightforward through ball to Haaland, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net with a shot that was directed into the bottom right corner of Liverpool’s goal.
The goal that Haaland scored brought his total for the current season to 14 goals in 14 games, and it also made him the player in the history of the Premier League who reached the milestone of 50 goals the quickest.
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The famous Andy Cole was the previous holder of this record, having accomplished the same accomplishment in 65 games. However, the Norwegian did it in just 48 games.
Doku ran wild over Trent Alexander-Arnold as the second half got underway, and City continued to dominate the attack as they had been doing all during the first 45 minutes.
But Liverpool’s patience paid off, as Trent got his revenge in the most delicious way conceivable as the Liverpool wing-back tucked in a pure instinctual finish to the bottom left corner of the City goal in the 80th minute to bring Liverpool back into the game. This goal brought Liverpool back into the game after City had taken the lead.
Frustrated, City continued to strive for a winning goal throughout the remaining time and came close to scoring one in the game’s last minute.
Julian Alvarez made what appeared to be the penultimate kick of the ball when he sent a spiraling cross into the box from the corner flag. Erling Haaland was the recipient of the cross. However, the Norwegian’s challenging header was glanced just past of the target, and Liverpool hung on to take home a point despite the setback.
“Every time we visit this location, we run into trouble. We have lost a lot of other games that were better than this one.
Even though we did not have a particularly strong performance today, we were nonetheless successful. In a post-match interview with Michael Owen, Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold stated, “They are such a difficult team to play, and I believe we deserved the result today.”
The outcome of the match assures that Liverpool will continue to be within striking distance of City, who are now in first place in the table.
However, a chance for one more team has become available now, and that team is Arsenal. Since Arsenal still has a game in hand, they can move up to first place in the standings if they are victorious in their next match, which is against Brentford.