Kevin de Bruyne saved a point for Manchester City when Pep Guardiola’s men were left behind twice in the second half at Anfield.
After Guardiola’s champions dominated goalless in the first half, both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah carried Liverpool forward – but first Phil Foden and then Kevin de Bruyne saved Pep’s skin.
After a testing week in which City traveled to Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Anfield – and excelled in all three – Guardiola’s men emerged with just one win.
The second half was full of quality and contention – the highlight with Salah’s majestic singles goal and Paul Tierney refusing to award the most obvious of the second yellow cards to James Milner, enraging Guardiola.
But neither side could have achieved the victory that would have seen them take Chelsea to the top of the Premier League in the early stages of a title race that promises to be one of the most intriguing in years.
City stormed an empty Anfield last season for an impressive 4-1 win in February, a disaster for Liverpool keeper Allison and a turning point for Guardiola’s side to regain their crown.
Yet they still haven’t won at Anfield since 2003.
Raheem Sterling was dropped by PSG on Tuesday after a rough evening as a ‘false 9’ in a 2-0 defeat.
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The first 20 minutes were stalemate – with little mutual respect and no clear chance.
But then Bernardo Silva did a popular impersonation of Diego Maradona at the Azteca in 1986 as he overhauled most of the Liverpool squad and fed Phil Foden, whose angled shot was thwarted by Allison.
Joao Cancello soon slipped through one for Kevin de Bruyne, who shot wide into the goal – and Klopp looked agitated, demanding that his men show more intent.
Liverpool were dull, timid and lacked the mobility of injured right side Trent Alexander-Arnold.
James Milner, deputizing for the England man, was lucky not to concede a penalty when he stopped at Foden on the edge of the box, with referee Paul Tierney oddly failing to award a free-kick or spot-kick. are.
Foden then focused on presenting De Bruyne with a free header on the back stick, but the Belgian was off-target with his diving effort.
Liverpool could barely get the ball off the champions – but as in Paris on Tuesday, City dominated, yet failed to find a breakthrough.
The first time City’s goal was threatened, it was their own work – a dodgy Ruben Dias back-pass almost took Ederson by surprise.
At his full 35, Milner was booked for a freak foul after being outfoxed on Foden, but the victim ruined the free-kick.
When Ederson produced one of his excellent long-range passes, Foden struck Milner again and Allison had to step out of his line to clear the threat with a defender’s tackle.
Klopp appears to have fired some rockets backwards at the break and Diogo Jota’s shot soon forced Ederson into his first real save.
And then after 58 minutes, most of which saw City in command, Mo Salah overtook Cancello – who was on a booking – ran forward and slid into Mane, who finished with precision.
Sterling was soon replaced by Grealish, greeted by the usual ‘greedy b*****d’ chants from The Cope.
And when it appeared that the city would be paying for their ruin, Jesus cut in from the right with a skipping run and angled a pass for Foden, who tucked his finish into the bottom corner.
Milner – who seems to have the good guy’s immunity from the referee – cut Bernardo down and somehow escaped the second yellow.
Guardiola burst into anger when another drab decision went Liverpool’s way, pointing wildly at fourth official Mike Dean and tearing off his jacket.
His mood took a turn for the worse when Salah scored his gem, swung and swung five players out of town and away from home, at the far outpost.
Guardiola was yellow-carded by Tierney and then Milner was replaced by Klopp – to stop a card and, perhaps, to push the City boss even further.
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But then De Bruyne proceeded to restore the peace for the champions.
The Belgian match was disappointing, but Klass’ permanence pointed out that he fed Foden, whose cut back escaped Kyle Walker and fell to De Bruyne, ending with a forceful curling finish.
There was a scare for City when Ederson failed to take a free-kick, but Rodri’s excellent tackle kept Fabinho from looking like a tap-in.
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