Well that was fun, wasn’t it?
Liverpool and Manchester City played a classic Premier League match on Sunday afternoon, drawing 2-2 and keeping the one-point gap between the two at the top of the table.
Unsurprisingly, the match got off to a hectic start, with former Liverpool man Raheem Sterling squandering a brilliant chance to give the home team an early lead.
Sterling’s blushes were quickly averted by Kevin De Bruyne, who finished from 25 yards in typical Kevin De Bruyne style, though he was helped by a deflection.
Than. A player.
However, the advantage did not last long, as in the 13th minute the Reds leveled.
His goal would come from Diogo Jota, who swept in a Trent Alexander-Arnold cut from the center of the penalty area.
After the hectic start, the game leveled off a bit, but that didn’t stop Ederson from giving every Man City fan in the world a heart attack in the 22nd minute when he almost let the ball roll into his own net.
Man City were very impressive from then on, with their midfield trio causing Liverpool a number of problems with their movement in and around the penalty area.
And in the 36th minute he deservedly took the lead again.
Gabriel Jesus, a surprise selection for Pep Guardiola, scored his first Premier League goal since September, marvelously half volleying a Joao Cancelo cross into the back of the net.
Despite being basically torn limb from limb for most of the first half, Liverpool could have gone into halftime 2-2 up.
The chance to level the Reds once again fell to Jota who, rather than shoot or square an unmarked Mohamed Salah on goal, opted to waste time and allow John Stones to steal the ball from City.
Liverpool scored their second almost straight from the start of the second half.
Despite being pretty terrible in the first half, Sadio Mane came out of the locker room and immediately scored in the second, taking advantage of a beautiful pass from Salah to make it 2-2.
Man City thought they had retaken the lead 15 minutes later through Sterling, who coolly moved past Alisson after being outscored in goal.
However, after a quick VAR check, the goal was ruled out for obvious offside.
The game calmed down a bit after Sterling’s disallowed goal (something that didn’t really seem possible for a while there), but there was still almost a winner at death.
It should have come from substitute Riyad Mahrez, who first fired a free kick from the post and then squandered a great opportunity in the final minute of added time.
And that turned out to be the last chance of the game.
A draw proved to be a fair result, and leaves Liverpool a point behind Man City in the Premier League table with just seven games to go.