Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool: Liverpool Player Ratings
An intense match and performance from both man city and Liverpool at the Etihad as they try to extend their lead at the top of the premier league table.The premier league leaders ended up sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Man City 2-2 Liverpool
Goals: De Bruyne 5′, Jesus 36′; Jota 13′, Mane 46′
Alisson – 7 (out of 10)
Alisson had quite a busy afternoon and did little with the deflected goal and also put his defenders under pressure with his distribution that then led to City’s second.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
A scintillating performance that had a bit of everything across the spectrum, from a well-timed assist to sleeping on the job in possession and as City aimed to make the most of the Reds’ high line.
Joel Matip – 7
He looked nervy in possession in the early stages before settling and finding the right time to use his front foot defending to Liverpool’s advantage.
Virgil van Dijk – 7
Took more heat than expected as City did not look to avoid his left-hand side like so many others, slightly on edge before knuckling down.
VVD had his body positioning perfect to hold up Sterling as he looked to run clear on goal.
Andy Robertson – 7
He looked energetic, as always, and did deliver a handful of great balls curling around City’s defensive line when given the chance but they did not come around as often as his manager would’ve liked.
Fabinho – 6
It was a game of two halves for Fabinho.The Brazilian struggled to make his mark as the game passed him by.
He hit the reset button at the break, his composure and awareness returned and Liverpool looked all the better for it
Thiago – 8
The Reds’ most progressive and assured player, Thiago‘s experience came to the fore as he looked to get his side ticking and pulled City into conceding free-kicks to break up play.
Jordan Henderson – 6
Was one of those to struggle to stamp his authority early on and his aimless pass and indecision to shoot spoke as much.
He was substituted at the 78-minutes for fresh legs in the midfield
Mohamed Salah – 7
he played an exquisite ball around the City defenders and into his old mate Sadio Mane‘s path was just what the Reds needed after having seen their front three running too much in the wrong direction.
Sadio Mane – 8 (Man of the Match)
Sadio Mane was opted over Luis Diaz and had plenty of work in keeping city’s defense busy.
when he was handed the chance to finish on the run, he did just that having showed no signs of being cold from half-time with a clinical finish.
Diogo Jota – 6
A clinical close-range finish came to be from his expert positioning but he ought to have had another or created one on the cusp of the break, indecision his nemesis in the end.
Luis Diaz (on for Jota, 70′) – 7 – Injected pace and won the ball back well, question is should he have been introduced earlier.
Naby Keita (on for Henderson, 78′) – 7 – Was clean and tidy when he came on even with the game being stretched.
Roberto Firmino (on for Mane, 84′) – N/A – Not given long to have an impact, another who should have been injected before he was?
Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas, Milner, Jones