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5 things we learned from Liverpool’s draw with Man City

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Red card controversy & 5 things we learned from Liverpool’s draw with Man City

Liverpool vs Man City

Sunday’s marquee Premier League clash would play out a short time ago.

Said match would pit Liverpool against Manchester City at Anfield. The pair have dominated the English top-flight in recent years and are expected to be amongst the favourites for the title this campaign as well.

Liverpool headed into the game as the only side still unbeaten in the PL this term, whilst Manchester City had a mixed week which included them beating Chelsea and then losing to PSG.

But when all was said and done on Merseyside, the two Premier League powerhouses were forced to settle for a share of the points.

Man City dominated the first 45, with Liverpool looking especially weak in midfield.

However, they could not make their chances count and would be made to pay in the second half when Liverpool were given a much lease of life.

The Reds would open the scoring shortly before the hour mark when Mohamed Salah burst forward to slip in Sadio Mane who nudged his effort past Ederson.

Man City would eventually hit back after 70 minutes via Phil Foden.

But Liverpool would quickly restore their lead through a sensational Salah goal. This was followed minutes later by Kevin De Bruyne netting a thunder strike of his own to make it 2-2 80 minutes in.

Here are five things 101 learned from the game.

Joel Matip is Klopp’s go-to centre-back

With Joe Gomez returning from injury and Ibrahima Konate signed from RB Leipzig over the summer, many likely expected the ageing, injury-prone Joel Matip to be far down the Liverpool centre-back pecking order this term.

However, Matip would once again be selected by Klopp to partner Virgil van Dijk on Sunday.

The 30-year-old has now started in all but one – the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace – of Liverpool’s Premier League ties this campaign and it is easy to see why, given how solid he has been so far this season.

Konate and Gomez will likely eventually take their places alongside VVD, but for now, it appears Klopp is aiming to stick with experience for the time being.

And on Sunday, though Liverpool were dominated for much of the first 45, Matip was one of the Reds’ best performers.

Grealish false-nine experiment fails

Sunday’s clash would see Jack Grealish as the latest City forward to be deployed in the false-nine role this season.

So far, we have now watched Phil Foden, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and now Grealish used in this role as City continue to try and cope without the services of a traditional number nine until at least January.

On the whole, Grealish was not terrible when deployed through the middle, though he did very little to convince Pep he should start in that spot next game as well before being replaced by Raheem Sterling.

So far, Foden and Torres have put in the best displays in this role and are likely to frontrunners to start there for Man City vs Burnley on October 16th.

Man City need to keep Bernardo Silva

Over the summer Pep Guardiola would confirm that Bernardo Silva was amongst the City players looking to potentially leave the club.

Of course, the Portuguese would end up staying put, and what a great boost that has been for the Sky Blues so far this season.

The 27-year-old has been one of City’s star performers and he would put on another superb display vs Liverpool.

The Reds were especially overrun in midfield during the first 45, with Silva one of the main reasons why.

The former Monaco man looked sharper than most on the pitch, with his ability to glide past players and pick a pass causing the hosts all sorts of problems.

Of course, Silva may still wish to depart City in the near future, but Sunday’s game once again proved why they need to try and maintain Silva’s services at all costs.

Liverpool miss Wijnaldum

Whilst Bernardo Silva and co. should be praised for their dominance, it was also fairly clear, especially in the first half, that Liverpool were missing the presence of Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman was an absolute workhorse during his time at Liverpool, and Sunday’s tie was crying out for him to be in midfield chasing players down.

Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones gave it their best on the day, but it was clear Wijnaldum is a cut above said players when it comes to tracking runners and chasing the ball.

Granted, Liverpool did eventually grow into the game and go on to draw, but if Man City had a decent striker and took their chances from the first half, it could have been a very different story.

Liverpool should have had 10 men before Salah goal

As already mentioned, Salah made it 2-1 to Liverpool late in the game.

Moments before, however, the Reds should have clearly been down to 10 men.

James Milner was already on a yellow card from the first 45 when he brought down Bernardo Silva for what was perhaps the most obvious yellow card offense committed on a football pitch.

However, the referee did not deem it so. Pep Guardiola was furious at this, and it is easy to see why as Milner would be involved in the Salah goal to make it 2-1.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 7 12 16
2 Liverpool FC 6 11 14
3 Manchester United 7 8 14
4 Everton FC 7 5 14
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 3 14
6 Manchester City 6 11 13
7 West Ham United 6 5 11
8 Aston Villa 6 2 10
9 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
10 Brentford FC 6 3 9
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
12 Tottenham Hotspur 6 -5 9
13 Leicester City 6 -3 7
14 Watford FC 7 -3 7
15 Crystal Palace 6 -3 6
16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 Burnley FC 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
20 Norwich City 7 -14 1
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 3
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle United 2

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