Manchester City continue their victory drought at Anfield after Riyad Mahrez’s horrendous penalty miss. Liverpool sneak a point and remain joint top of the table.
The two teams to be speculated as main title contenders faced their first head-to-head clash on Sunday. Manchester City arrived hoping to finally clinch a win at Anfield. After a controversial 90 minutes, City finished with their first goalless draw against Liverpool since 1986.
Virgil van Dijk’s late challenge on Leroy Sané earned Manchester City a last-minute penalty. With Sergio Agüero already substituted off, Riyad Mahrez stepped up to take the set piece despite Gabriel Jesus’ offer.
The Algerian overhit his shot and completely missed the target. His fifth miss out of his last eight penalties.
Birthday boy Trent Alexander-Arnold missed out on his usual starting position. Joe Gomez filled in on the right flank with Dejan Lovren returning to the centre-back role.
Liverpool started sharply but overall put in a below par performance. Despite poor defensive decisions and lack of real attack, the Reds still came away with a point and a clean sheet.
Neither teams looked too promising on the front-foot, seeing a lot of potential chances go to waste. The hype of the match may have been playing on the nerves of all 22 players out there.
Just 20 minutes in, Lovren kicked out a leg at Agüero inside the box. Liverpool were lucky to slink away without City being awarded the penalty.
Despite his error, Lovren was awarded Man of the Match for his performance. Andy Robertson also impressed with his dominative spells down the left-hand side.
James Milner started in the typical midfield trio alongside Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum. The 32-year-old, however, was forced to leave the pitch after a suspected hamstring problem. Naby Keïta played the remaining 60 minutes but couldn’t conjure up much creative play.
The Reds only managed two shots on target – a poor display from arguably the strongest attack in the Premier League.
As the league takes a break for the upcoming international matches, Jürgen Klopp has two weeks to mull over his options. Liverpool’s forward three – who tallied a combined 57 goals and 24 assists last season – have been under criticism. Despite eight goals between them so far, the trio don’t look their usual fiery selves.
Liverpool’s midfield is also a talking point amongst fans. Many are urging the club to bring in an attacking midfielder in the next transfer window.
The Reds are currently third in the table, but only behind on goal difference. A fantastic position to be in despite a ‘dip in form’ and teams like Chelsea and Arsenal on the rise.
Liverpool will face Huddersfield away from home after the international break. Klopp’s side will definitely be looking to capitalise on facing a bottom-of-the-table team and extending their reign within the top three.