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Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City: Jurgen and Pep deliver the most exciting draw of the season!

In perhaps the most important game of the season, Liverpool and Manchester City shared the points after a 1-1 draw to gift Arsenal the top of the table.

In what was the last meeting between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester City delivered on all the pre-match excitement with a fiery contest. Despite the 1-1 result, the chances were flowing for both sides but in the end two dead-ball chances decided the match.

As John Stones’ goal from a first-half corner was answered with Alexis MacAllister’s brilliant penalty kick in the second half. Foden, Doku, and Luis Diaz missed almost-sure chances for both sides, so Liverpool and Manchester City drew and gifted Arsenal the first place.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: How the matches transpired

An hour before the crucial match began, significant team news emerged. Mohamed Salah was only fit enough for the bench, while Ibrahima Konate was absent from the squad. This led to young Jarell Quansah starting alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Pep Guardiola made a bold decision to drop Ruben Dias to the bench. He would have been pleased with his side’s start as City’s composed possession and slick transition work allowed them to control Anfield in the opening ten minutes.

Despite City’s dominance, Liverpool quickly found their rhythm through successful pressing sequences. Just as Liverpool was gaining momentum, City capitalized on a brilliant set-piece routine, with Stones scoring from De Bruyne’s corner.

The rest of the first half saw chances at both ends in an end-to-end battle. City aimed to draw Liverpool out before launching swift counterattacks, while Liverpool, undeterred by the deficit, came close through Szoboszlai and Diaz. Just before half-time, Walker missed an opportunity to find De Bruyne at the back post with his cross.

City’s strong start to the first half was undone at the beginning of the second period when a short back pass from Nathan Ake led to Ederson fouling Darwin Nunez inside the box. Alexis Mac Allister converted the resulting penalty to equalize, leaving Anfield in uproar.

After Salah entered the fray, Liverpool seemed to create chances effortlessly. However, Guardiola made a double change, including withdrawing a fiery De Bruyne, to restore stability to his team’s performance.

As the game approached its conclusion, it hung in the balance, with Jeremy Doku emerging as a key figure. After hitting the post at one end, the Belgian escaped punishment for a challenge on Mac Allister in the City box in the dying moments of the match.

What it all mean for the title race?!

Arsenal are now in the driving seat. But, one would be naive to think that this was the last twist in this title race. The Gunners will have a three-week rest before facing the mighty Cityzens at the Etihad Stadium, while they face old rivals, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur in their ten remaining fixtures.

Guardiola’s men are now in the thick of it, with them facing four of the top six in their matches until April. Liverpool, similarly, has tough fixtures ahead, making it impossible to predict what’ll happen in this tight three-horse title race.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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