manchester city v.s liverpool highlights
- Title : manchester city v.s liverpool highlights
Manchester City did not get more than 1-1 in the top match against champions Liverpool - although there was still a great chance for it in the spectacular first round. While the Citizens are stuck in the lower half of the table, the Reds lose the lead in the table.
Champions Liverpool - in 4-2-2-2 with the usual storm series plus new signing Jota - found better in a very dynamic and technically and tactically demanding top game. The Reds were more compact, more grippy and went from eleven meters in front: Walker had fouled the nimble Mané, Salah converted the penalty due to dry (13th).
De Bruyne awesome and sloppy
In the lead, the LFC pulled back a little, Manchester improved and eventually took control of the game. Sterling missed from an acute angle against Alisson (25th) before Walker found key player De Bruyne between the lines. The Belgian served Gabriel Jesus, who turned around Alexander-Arnold and achieved the well-deserved equalization (31st).
A minute later, De Bruyne shot a sharp long shot just wide (32nd) - his next miss hurt a lot more: After a handball by Gomez there was also a penalty for the home side, but De Bruyne shot past the left post (42nd). That threw ManCity off track, until the break, Liverpool became more active again and approached the renewed lead via Alexander-Arnold (44th, 45th + 2).
Top class on both sides - chess instead of high speed
Both teams approached the second section at a more leisurely pace - but there were still opportunities. After Ederson's uncertainty, Jota shot far too timidly on the left in the penalty area (50th), on the other side Gabriel Jesus headed past Cancelo's fine half-field flank from six meters (55th). A couple of changes made the flow of the game stagnate, Alexander-Arnold had to go down due to injury.
In contrast to the extremely fast first round, the second developed into a kind of chess game in which Guardiola and Klopp wanted to avoid the one serious mistake and the impending defeat. Manchester, which started the season mixed up, tried a little more in the final phase, the offensive pale Reds partially touched concrete.