Player ratings for Liverpool and Manchester City as they draw at Anfield

11 March 2024 2271
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A 1-1 draw was the result of the riveting matchup between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

It's likely this will be the final Premier League face-off between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola where Liverpool held dominance throughout the game.

Despite Liverpool initially falling behind due to an excellent goal from John Stones in the first half, the game was brought level by Alexis Mac Allister after a penalty was awarded soon into the second half. Despite multiple opportunities, Liverpool couldn't secure another goal, resulting in a draw that leaves Arsenal sitting at the top of the table for the weekend.

Crucial team updates came an hour before kick-off. Mohamed Salah, not considered fit enough to start, was benched, while Ibrahima Konate was out, and Jarell Quansah was brought in to play alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Guardiola's decision to have Ruben Dias on the bench seemed to pay off at first. City's smooth possession and acute transition play helped tame Anfield in the first ten minutes.

Liverpool managed to inject their energy back into the match after a series of successful pressing sequences. However, City seized control with a clever set-piece resulting in John Stones scoring from Kevin De Bruyne's corner.

The first half saw opportunities at both ends in a fast-paced game. City lured Liverpool out, only to pounce in transition, with close calls from Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai and Luis Diaz. Kyle Walker nearly found De Bruyne with a cross before the half-time whistle.

Although City started the first half strong, the second half didn't start well for them. A short back-pass from Nathan Ake led to a penalty for Liverpool. Alexis Mac Allister equalized the match from the penalty spot.

The home crowd was on its feet as Liverpool started to create chances one after another once Salah entered the match. Diaz had an incredible opportunity to score after an hour.

City lost control of the game, leading Guardiola to make a double substitution, resulting in some stability. However, City's original attacking strength was noticeably missing.

Belgian Jeremy Doku became a crucial player in the final moments of the game. A not-so-noticeable challenge on Mac Allister in the City box could have dramatically changed the match's outcome.

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher performed adequately, with the younger members of the squad, like full-back Conor Bradley, putting in impressive displays. Jarell Quansah and Virgil van Dijk were outstanding in defense, as were Wataru Endo and Alexis Mac Allister in midfield. Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz, however, had a compromising performance in the frontline.

Mohamed Salah, who came off the bench in the 61st minute, was unable to make a significant impact. The Liverpool squad was aided by substitute appearances from Andy Robertson and Cody Gakpo.

Despite the perpetually changing nature of his team, Jurgen Klopp should be commended for the performance of his players who kept pace with City after drawing level.