Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool remain unbeaten against the top-six football clubs in the English Premier League this season but were held by Pep Guardiola’s Manchesher City in two-goal draw at City of Manchester Stadium in Matchweek 29 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City Football Club, made one big and important change to his starting eleven. Pep Guardiola decided to start with Willy Caballero in goal as goalkeeper, replacing Claudio Bravo. The rest of the starting eleven remained unchange compared to the previous fixtures.
Manchester City | S-XI: Caballero (GK), Fernandinho, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Yaya Touré, Sané, De Bruyne, Silva (C), Sterling, Agüero. Substitutes: Bravo (GK), Sagna, Fernando, Nolito, Kolarov, Iheanacho, A. Garcia.
Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, keeps having faith on Simon Mignolet as his main goalkeeper, who started this match in goal as goalkeeper. The rest of Jürgen Klopp’s starting eleven remained unchanged compared to the previous fixtures.
Liverpool | S-XI: Mignolet (GK), Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner (C), Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino. Substitutes: Karius (GK), Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Lucas, Lovren, Origi.
Manchester City opened the match and first half stronger than Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men dominated the possession of the ball and tried to be effective and create good chances. However, neither clubs managed to produced a clear cut chance in the first half, which ended Manchester City 0, Liverpool 0
Manchester City took the initiative in the second half. After the half-time, Manchester City looked more sharper and attack-minded. However, the Germany international Emre Can needed one moment of brilliance by putting in a cross that found Roberto Firmino, who was brought down by Gael Clichy inside Manchester City’s penalty-box. Referee Michael Oliver did not hesitate and blew for penalty to Liverpool. Manchester City’s Gael Clichy also received a yellow card for that challenge. The former Manchester City player, James Milner, stepped up and scored the penalty in the 51st minute. This was a wake up call for Manchester City who started to press higher and put more pressure on the Liverpool goal. Argentina international, Sergio Agüero, scored the equaliser for Manchester City in the 69th minute after a brilliant assist by Kevin De Bruyne. In the 80th minute, Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum directed the ball behind Manchester City’s defence finding Roberto Firmino, who directed the ball inside the penalty-box. Adam Lallana got in a one-on-one situation with the Manchester City goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, but he miskicked the ball and wasted a fantastic goalscoring opportunity. Both teams tried to scored the winning goal but the second half and the match ended Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1.
It was a highly entertaining and intensive match between Manchester City and Liverpool in matchweek 29 at the City of Manchester Stadium, which ended in a two-goal draw. Manchester City dominated the possession and created several goalscoring chances but failed to convert them into goals. Nevertheless, Manchester City’s defence looked shaky on some occasions that almost handed Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool all the three points. Liverpool looked very disciplined in their defensive work and relied on effective counterattacks but lacked precision in their finishing. Manchester City remain on third place with 57 points, with a game in hand and Liverpool also remain on fourth place with 56 points in the league table.
Manchester City will face Arsène Wenger’s troubled Arsenal at Ashburton Grove on April 2. Liverpool will host Everton for Merseyside Derby at Anfielf on April 1.
Manchester City: Caballero – 5/5, Fernandinho – 4/5, Stones – 4/5, Otamendi – 4/5, Clichy – 3.5/5, Yaya Touré – 3/5, Sané – 4/5, De Bruyne – 4.5/5, Silva – 4/5, Sterling – 4.5/5, Agüero – 4.5/5. | Substitutes: Sagna – 3/5, Fernando – 3/5.
Liverpool: Mignolet – 4.5/5, Clyne 3.5/5, Matip – 3/5, Klavan – 3/5, Milner 4/5, Can – 4/5, Wijnaldum – 3.5/5, Lallana – 2/5, Mane – 3/5, Coutinho 3/5, Firmino – 4/5. | Substitutes: Origi – 3/5, Lucas Leiva – 3/5.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Wilfredo Caballero (Manchester City)