It was a fiesty Sunday night encounter which finished all square at the Ethiad Stadium. Pep Guardiola the manager of Manchester City defined it as “one of the best days” in his managerial career.
“You cannot imagine. It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud. After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don’t talk too much. We arrive here against Liverpool who have no Europe all season and one week to prepare. The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager. We created more than them.Our problem is we don’t score when they are easy goals. At least we showed spirit that we didn’t show in the first half in Monaco. When you approach one game after 10 games winning nothing is special.You have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team – they have exceptional players – means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.”
Manchester City started the match on the front foot by dominating the ball, and creating a lot of chances. However, they could not capitalize on the chances created. As the match progressed Liverpool finally showed up, and started creating chances of their own. Sadio Mane was rightly denied a penalty, and Adam Lallana’s shot was well saved by Willy Caballero in the dying moments of the first half.
Liverpool came out in the second half with more aggressiveness, and were awarded a penatly in the 50th minute, when Firmino was brought down by Clichy with a desperate tackle to redeem himself. James Milner came up to take the penalty and scored, making it 1-0 to Liverpool. Chasing the game wasn’t easy for Manchester City as they were constantly giving away the ball in the midfield, and were being hit on the counter attack. As the match was heading towards the end, Manchester city were slowly coming back in the match. They were putting pressure on Liverpool’s defence, with fast and decisive passing. The pressure finally paid off when Kevin De Bruyne’s whipped ball across the penatly area from the right flank was met by Sergio Aguero in the 69th minute making it 1-1. Manchester City were on a high clearly creating more chances in the dying stages of the match, however Liverpool were still a threat on the counter attack. Adam lallana in the 81st minute had the chance to win it for Liverpool but he scuffed his shot and missed with only the keeper to beat from 6 yards out. The match ended 1-1 with both teams creating a lot of chances, but failing to capitalize.
Jurgen Klopp was satisfied with his team’s performance but said that he felt his team could have won.
“To get a point at Manchester City for each team in the world is absolutely OK. There were a few situations where we couldn’t defend their quality. We could have won this game, because we forced the goalkeeper into a few outstanding saves.We a phase between 50-70 where we had them and didn’t close the game. We let them recover on the pitch, so they came back.They deserved the goal, but we could have scored more. Two highly motivated sides, both wanted to win until the last seconds.”