Manchester City came from behind twice to win a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a sensational and thrilling Premier League football match at Anfield on Sunday. All four goals came in the second half filled with high quality, high-speed. Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the lead before Phil Foden equalized for Mohamed Salah and gave the hosts the lead with an amazing solo goal.
But Kevin de Bruyne’s 81-minute equalizer ensured the teams shared points and left Liverpool in second place with 15 points, one behind leaders Chelsea. Pep Guardiola’s side are third on 14 points, level with Manchester United, Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion.
City will look back regretfully at their failure to exceed their dominance in the first half, when the visitors played with Jurgen Klopp’s side for 20 minutes before the break. James Milner, on the right instead of Trent Alexander Arnold, had a hot half-time ahead of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish and received little help from his teammates.
Some fine play in the middle by Bernardo Silva gave Foden a chance to score after 21 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar. City felt Milner should have punished Foden when he appeared to be pushing back, but the appeal was dismissed by referee Paul Tierney – the first in a series of decisions that angered Guardiola.
Foden continued to cause trouble at Liverpool and De Bruyne should have found the goal with his cross diving head to the back post. Somehow Liverpool survived the break and they came out determined to change the pace of the game for the second half. Salah leaped over Joao Cancelo and put the ball in the running path to Mane, who shot confidently in front of goalkeeper Ederson.
But City leveled 10 minutes later when Gabriel Jesus intervened from the right, pulling four Liverpool players out of defence, before Foden drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Once again City responded, the impressive Foden was again placed on the left, but this time deftly pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for Kevin de Bruyne, whose curling shot took a slight deflection from Joel Matip and He defeated Alison. Manchester City and Liverpool ended the intriguing game on a 2-2 draw match score at Anfield.