Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City summary: score, goals, highlights | LaLiga 2021-22
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City: as it happened
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City: match summary
(Reuters) - Manchester City came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday in a pulsating Premier League encounter at Anfield.
After struggling against a dominant City in the first half, Liverpool took the lead in the 59th minute when Mohamed Salah threaded the ball through to Sadio Mané who confidently fired past goalkeeper Ederson.
But City were on level terms 10 minutes later when Gabriel Jesus cut in from the right, leaving four Liverpool defenders behind before finding Phil Foden who drilled the ball into the far, bottom corner.
Salah then restored Liverpool's lead with a stunning individual goal, twisting and turning to lose João Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte before firing home.
Once again, though, City responded -- Foden again finding space on the left and pulling the ball back to Kevin De Bruyne whose curling shot took a slight deflection off Joel Matip and beat keeper Alisson.
What a cracking second half! 2-2 it ends after some excellent football from both sides and a wonder-goal from Salah that will be among the contenders for goal of the season.
It's sent in to the near post and Robertson clears. Cancelo can't keep a ball in on the far side and the ref has his whistle out... and that's it!
And the visitors win a corner... it could be the final kick of the game.
City are knocking it about now, looking for that final opening without handing possession back to Liverpool.
Four minutes added!
Sterling bursts clear and thinks about a shot but finds Jesus on the other side of the area. The Brazilian hits a shot straight into Matip, who did well to recover his position.
City have a four-on-four break and Van Dijk is required to scramble back and clear Foden's ball into the area.
Rodri! Spectacluar defending, and City celebrate that like a goal! Ederson misreads a ball over the op and it lands at the feet of Fabinho, who thinks he's scored only to find the Spaniard hurling himself across the open goal to make a block!
City have a free kick about 30 yards out and Walker hits it but it's not going to trouble Alisson as it flies high into the stands behind the Liverpool keeper's goal.
It's another beauty as well as Foden lays off for the Belgian, who hits a crisp strike past the dive or Alisson to level at Anfield! What a second half this is!
Goooooooooooooool! De Bruyne!
Sterling tries to play in Foden on the far side and Joe Gomez makes a fine intervention.
What a wonderful strike from the Egyptian, who dances through the defence and clips a shot past Ederson. An absolutely glorious goal!
Guardiola is absolutely furious with the fourth official, hurling some invective and ripping off his coat.
Milner is perhaps lucky not to have seen a second yellow there for a trip on Silva that sends the Portuguese into the middle of next week.
Great work from Jesus to find the England youngster on the left and he glides into the area and slots past Alisson into the far corner! If any City player deserves a goal today it is Foden, who has been by far their best attacking outlet.
Klopp responds in kind, sending on Firmino in place of Jota.
Sterling comes on to replace Grealish, to a chorus of jeers from the stands.
Jota goes into the book for a late challenge on De Bruyne and City have a free kick on the edge of the area on the right-hand side.
Salah! It was a good idea, whipped low around the wall and aiming for the near post. A slight deflection hands Liverpool another corner.
Now the home side will have another chance from a set-piece on the edge of the area.
That was only LIverpool's third attempt of the game, and their second on target.
Salah finally gets a chance to run at the City back line and plays Mané in with a lovely reverse ball. The Senegalese only has to run on to it and slot past Ederson to make it 1-0!
Cancelo is the latest name in the book as he trips the onrushing Milner in midfield.
It's a decent delivery from Milner, curling into the six yard box, and Ederson has to come out to punch clear.
Liverpool have a free kick out on the left after Walker clattered into Jota.
Milner gets the better of Grealish in a one-on-one and ushers the ball out for a goal kick. Good defending from the veteran. Meanwhile, Kevin de Bruyne sends another errant pass across the pitch. He is not at his imperious best today, the Belgian.
No changes at half time as far as we can see. And certainly not Milner, who picks up a Salah pass and thrashes a shot into the gloves of Ederson.
We're back underway at Anfield!
We suspect Klopp will be looking at the right side of his defence and considering a change at half time. Milner is an excellent footballer but Foden is running rings around him. Every dangerous City move has originated from that side of the pitch.
A Liverpool attack breaks down and there's the whistle! An energetic half from both sides but goalless it remains at Anfield!
One minute added.
Alisson! Decent stop from the Liverpool keeper as Foden's cross-shot threatened to sneak under the bar.
Liverpool manage a rare foray forward but Salah is muscled off the ball by the combined weight of the City defence.
Milner finally tires of Foden's youthful impudence and hauls him to the turf by the neck.
A bit of respite for the home side as Jesus fails to control and sends the ball out for a goal kick. City are very much in the ascendancy.
Liverpool can barely string two passes together now as City harry and press for every ball. If the first half were to be awarded on points, City would be edging it now.
Only one shot on target overall so far, and that was from Foden himself.
Phil Foden is having a field day against Milner at the moment and gets the better of the former City man again to cross. Jesus picks it up on the far side and tees up De Bruyne, but he's off-balance and his shot is blocked.
De Bruyne! What a ball from Foden, who picks out the Belgian's run with a pinpoint pass. Diving headers are not exactly De Bruyne's forte though and the effort fizzes over the bar.
Foden goes to ground under a Milner challenge and reacts furiously to the ref's decision to wave play on. It looked as though whatever contact there was, and there was not a lot, took place outside the area anyway.
It's end to end stuff now but both keepers are on top of their game and on top of every attempt to play a runner in.
Rubén Días goes into the book, complaining vehemently, but he can't argue the toss there. Jota was almost away and the City captain hauled him to the floor as a last resort.
De Bruyne! Not clear if that was a cross or a shot but the Belgian got enough spin on the ball to send it out for a throw on the far side.
It was, for a second there, a bit like watching Iniesta in his prime. Incredible footwork from the Portuguese.
Take a bow Bernardo Silva! The City midfielder took on the entire Liverpool back line there and won, laying off a lovely ball for Foden who draws a fine save from Alisson! Quality football from Silva and City.
Another City corner and palpable relief for Alisson, whose botched clearance let Silva in. Matip to the rescue for the home side there.
City win a corner as Bernardo Silva's cross for Jesus is knocked out by Robertson. Good defending from the Scotland international.
Grealish comes in from the left and drives into the area. There were a couple of blue shirts arriving in the middle but the former Villa man decided to have a go and his shot was blocked.
Liverpool are comfortable on the ball at the moment, stroking it around and making City do all the running. No real threats at either end though. City appear to have shoved Jack Grealish into a central attacking role, which isn't his usual stomping ground.
De Bruyne tries to weigh a ball for Jesus but just overcooks it a tad and it rolls out for a goal kick.
Corner for Liverpool, Milner delivers and it's an inviting one that whistles just over the head of a towering Van Dijk at full stretch.
Mané nearly latches on to a ball over the top but Ederson reads the danger and is out quickly to snuff out the danger.
Liverpool's press reaps early dividends and Henderson gets a cross in but City clear.
We're underway at Anfield!
A warm round of applause in Anfield for the late Roger Hunt, a club legend and one of the 1966 World Cup-winning England side.
And a 4-3-3 from Klopp as well, with plenty of firepower on the city bench too.
- 31Ederson Moraes
- 3Rúben Dias
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 17De Bruyne
- 9Gabriel Jesus
Confiormation of Liverpool's tactical set-up today. A 4-3-3 from Klopp with a pretty handy looking bench.
- 4Virgil Van Dijk
- 26A. Robertson
- 17Curtis Jones
- 20Diogo Jota
Teams in the tunnel at Anfield
We're about 10 minutes away from kick-off at Anfield now with the teams in the tunnel and preparing to take to the pitch.
Manchester City starting XI confirmed
De Bruyne, Grealish and Gabriel Jesus start up front for City, with Phil FOden coming back in and Rodri anchoring the midfield.
Liverpool starting XI confirmed
Diogo Jota gets the nod from Klopp to start up top while James Milner fills in at right back for TAA.
While Guardiola set a new wins record as Manchester City manager last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, Liverpool are the only unbeaten side remaining in the Premier League this season.
Klopp on City
"Manchester City are for me the best team in Europe at the moment," the Reds manager told reporters at Friday's pre-match news conference. "Last weekend they played Chelsea and they are good but City were clearly better that day. That's the team we face. We have to score, so that's been helpful but we have to defend on our highest level. We have to be brave, front-footed, cheeky in moments, really your best version and then and only then do you have a chance.
"What we did last week or the other day was okay but we need a complex football challenge. It's better that we don't have to boost the confidence of the players right now. Sometimes you do from time to time. We have a positive view but we know we haven't played City yet. We'll use the Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain games. This is a special game."
Klopp has no such issues with his forward line, the prolific Mo Salah and Sadio Mané are available and the Liverpool boss only has one choice to make, one of those that most managers would like to be posed with: does he start Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino?
Guardiola's main issue is bothering the old onion bag. In City's last three Premier League outings they have scored only twice, and drew another blank in Paris during the week in a 2-0 defeat at PSG.
Kevin de Bruyne may be asked to play the false nine role today, with support from the flanks in the shape of Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus.
Neither manager has too many injury issues going into today's game. Klopp is without Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago and Harvey Elliott, while Guardiola is missing Ilkay Gündogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
It's a big one at Anfield today as two managers who know each other very well and share a mutual respect go head-to-head after very different midweek games in the Champions League.
No manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more times in the Spaniard's career than Klopp, while Liverpool have only won one game out of their last seven attempts against City.
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