Manchester City vs Liverpool FC: Result, Ratings and Quotes



Result

The most high-profile game of the 2021/22 Premier League season played out on Sunday evening.

Liverpool faced a trip to the Etihad for what was billed as a potentially title-deciding game.

Manchester City began the day top of the table, one point clear of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. As a result, a loss for Liverpool on the day would have proven more fatal to their title hopes than if it was City on the end of a defeat.

And, when all was said and done in Manchester, the points had to be shared.

Raheem Sterling fluffed his lines three minutes in but Man City did take the lead when Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected effort went in off Alisson’s post.

Liverpool would respond well though and equalised after 12 minutes when Andy Robertson’s cross was put back across the City box by Trent Alexander-Arnold, allowing an unmarked Diogo Jota to tap in the equaliser.

Man City restored their lead 36 minutes in when Gabriel Jesus tapped in a Joao Cancelo ball at the back post.

Yet again though, Liverpool equalised, this time through Sadio Mane after less than a minute of the second half.

After that, neither side was able to add a third and the points were shared, leaving Manchester City top of the Premier League.

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Manchester City player ratings

Ederson (6) – Despite conceding twice he did not do an awful lot wrong.

Kyle Walker (6.5) – Got in behind Robertson a few times and put in some decent crosses

Aymeric Laporte (7) – Put in a huge tackle right at the end of the first half to prevent a second goal from Jota.

John Stones (6.5) – A solid if unspectacular showing.

Joao Cancelo (7) – Could have done a better job marking Jota for Liverpool’s equaliser early on. Going forward he had some joy getting in behind Trent and, of course, played an excellent ball to Jesus for City’s second.

Rodri (6.5) – Helped play tick along nicely for City and was key in overloading Liverpool’s left-hand side.

Bernardo Silva (7) – Showed great awareness to take the quick free-kick which led to the opening goal. Excelled in a deeper role that saw him playing a crucial role in City building from the back.

Kevin De Bruyne (8) – Defence splitting pass to set up Sterling’s miss early on before scoring the opener thanks to a big deflection. Continued to cause Liverpool issues with his superb passing and marauding runs throughout the game.

Gabriel Jesus (7.5) – Was tasked with keeping Thiago quiet and did a decent job in the first 45, also made a clever run and produced a smart finish to make it 2-1 on the day. Was somewhat selfish when attacking though, opting to shoot on a number of occasions when a pass made a lot more sense.

Raheem Sterling (6.5) – Should have done a lot better with his attempt three minutes in. Made some good runs in behind but went to early for an offside goal after an hour. Off after 73 minutes.

Phil Foden (5.5) – Got in behind Alexander-Arnold a few times but failed to have the impact he normally has vs Liverpool.

Substitutes

Riyad Mahrez 2.5) – Hit the post on a free-kick and then should have passed to Foden in the dying moments of the game instead of shooting.

Jack Grealish (3) – Failed to have the desired impact.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson (6.5) – Made a huge save to deny Raheem Sterling three minutes in but could do nothing about De Bruyne’s deflected effort two minutes later.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (6) – Great vision to pick out Jota for the equaliser. Poor defensively throughout the match.

Joel Matip (5) – Really struggled to deal with Gabriel Jesus and Sterling’s run in behind.

Virgil van Dijk (7) – Made some key tackles and interceptions but the Dutchman looked nervy by his usually high standards in the first half. More composed in the second and made a big block to deny a second Jesus goal.

Andy Robertson (6.5) – Excellent ball to Alexander-Arnold in build up to Jota’s equaliser. Struggled to deal with Kevin De Bruyne.

Fabinho (4) – A really poor start to the game and continued to struggle somewhat in the second half, bringing down Bernardo Silva who was operating in a deeper role alongside Rodri.

Thiago (5) – Apart from one quality pass up the pitch in the passage of play before Jota’s goal, the Spaniard had a very quiet first half. Perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch after a number of cynical fouls.

Jordan Henderson (4) – Really struggled to keep up with the pace of the game. Was replaced by Naby Keita for the final 13 minutes.

Mohamed Salah (6) – Hardly saw the ball in the first half but made an instant impact in the second, setting up Mane’s equaliser with a great ball.

Diogo Jota (7) – Tidy finish for Liverpool’s first of the day. Taken off after 70 minutes.

Sadio Mane (7) – Poor attempt at clearing the ball in the build-up to the opener and was kept quiet by City until his equaliser less than a minute into the second half. Did little else of note.

Substitutes

Luis Diaz (3) – On for the final 20 minutes of normal time but hardly saw the ball.

Naby Keita (3) – Did little of note whilst on the pitch.

Roberto Firmino (3) – Hardly touched the ball during the short time he was on.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 30 23 4 3 70 18 52 73
2 Liverpool FC 30 22 6 2 77 20 57 72
3 Chelsea FC 30 18 8 4 64 23 41 62
4 Tottenham Hotspur 31 18 3 10 56 37 19 57
5 Arsenal FC 30 17 3 10 45 36 9 54
6 West Ham United 31 15 6 10 51 40 11 51
7 Manchester United 31 14 9 8 49 42 7 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 15 4 13 33 28 5 49
9 Crystal Palace 30 8 13 9 42 38 4 37
10 Leicester City 28 10 7 11 43 47 -4 37
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 8 13 10 28 37 -9 37
12 Aston Villa 31 11 3 17 42 46 -4 36
13 Southampton FC 31 8 12 11 37 52 -15 36
14 Newcastle United 31 8 10 13 34 54 -20 34
15 Brentford FC 31 9 6 16 37 48 -11 33
16 Leeds United 32 8 9 15 38 68 -30 33
17 Everton FC 30 8 4 18 33 52 -19 28
18 Burnley FC 29 4 12 13 25 42 -17 24
19 Watford FC 31 6 4 21 29 60 -31 22
20 Norwich City 30 4 6 20 18 63 -45 18

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What time is kick off between Manchester City vs Liverpool FC?

15:30, Sunday 10 April 2022





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