Reds, City play out dull draw

English Premier League

The two sides started with changes following their midweek Champions League clashes in Naples and Hoffenheim respectively.

City appealed in the opening minutes for a penalty after a rash challenge on Sergio Aguero from Dejan Lovren inside the box.

James Milner unfortunately left the field very early after pulling a suspected muscle. Naby Keita took his place on 28 minutes in a game of very few chances.

With limited chances in front of goal, the attacking quality of either side failed to break through the duration of the first half.

The Citizens though looked more promising on the ball, but Liverpool managed their lines very well to thwart the potential incoming danger.

In the second half, the encounter took off with the same tempo it ended off. But the Reds were becoming more adventurous and cropped up a few half-chances inside the box.

The visitors also put a spring in their step, with Riyad Mahrez making a surprise start, dummied his marker to flash across the face of goal on 60 minutes.

Reminiscent of his old days at Leicester City, the Algerian nearly found the breakthrough in his trademark ways with wide runs to cut inside with a shot which Alisson Becker saved easily.

Aguero’s frustrating time at Anfield in front of goal continued and was duly substituted for Gabriel Jesus on 64 minutes.

The Kop rose for a minute after Mohamed Salah brought down a long ball on his way to goal, but ballooned.

The Reds made a like for like change. Roberto Firmino went out for former City player and a resurgent Daniel Sturridge.

After founding space out wide, Mahrez pulled a cut back to force Alisson to save for a corner on 75 minutes.

The game was thrown into life when City earned a penalty after Virgil Van Dijk was deemed to have tripped Leroy Sane. Mahrez failed to capitalise, sending the effort high over the top.

It’s a mixed bagged of feelings given the result, but either side will be pleased to walk away with a share of the spoils.