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The most anticipated game of the weekend came with Liverpool hosting Manchester City and both former champions knew what was at stake in this match. Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league this term and they continued in the same rich vein of form against City.
Liverpool led twice but were pegged back by City at both times. Manchester City dominated the first half and restricted Liverpool to no shot on target but they couldn't make the most of their chances. The second half saw a magic half between both teams. It was a match that was deserving of the hype and both teams had to settle for a point each.
In the 20th minute, Phil Foden wasted a wonderful chance after Bernado Silva twisted and turned the players around him to find space and a chance for a pass to Foden. He tried to lift the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper but it was blocked by Alisson. What a lovely chance missed. De Bruyne also had another chance shortly after but his effort couldn't find the back of the net.
In the 34th minute, Foden found De Bruyne right inside the box with a lovely cross and De Bruyne's header went wayward...not even close to the goalkeeper. It was shocking, to say the least. Manchester City had been asking all the questions with Liverpool not having much to do. Foden was also played in around the 44th-minute mark but Alisson blocked the chance.
Liverpool had their first shot on target in the 50th minute after Matip supplied a long low drive pass to Jota at the edge of the box. His brilliant turn displaced his marker but the goalkeeper was on hand to stop his shot. It was a brilliant skill to displace his marker there.
Liverpool got the first goal of the game despite the dominance of Manchester City all game in the 59th minute. Salah's brilliance on the sideline was the highlight because it allowed his displace his markers and perfectly picked out Mane. Mane only needed to get into the box and stroke the ball home which he did to break City's heart leaving Ederson without hope of catching it. City looked like they would be the one to score but Liverpool had other ideas.
Manchester City dragged themselves back into the game in the 69th minute after Gabriel Jesus wonderfully cut in and moved in between his markers to find Foden just inside the box. Foden's brilliant strike found the back of the net leaving Alisson helpless.
Liverpool responded again and this time around with Salah in the 77th minute. Salah had it all to do and his moment of individual brilliance got the goal for Liverpool. He left Bernado Silva for dead while he craftily wiggled his way beyond 4 markers before poking the ball into the back of the net to restore the advantage.
Manchester City won't go down without a fight and they drew the game level again in the 81st minute after Foden was found on the left-hand side of the box and his unselfish play allowed him to flash the pass across the face of the goal which found De Bruyne at the edge of the box. His curling effort deflected off Joel Matip into the back of the net to make it 2-2.
In the 87th minute, Fabinho blew the chance to get his team ahead again after Ederson missed a freekick delivery into the box. The ball fell graciously to Fabinho and while taking too much time on the ball, he was closed down and blocked off. City also had a chance after De Bruyne broke through. He found Sterling at the other end of the box and Sterling unselfishly found the on-rushing Gabriel Jesus but his volley was blocked too.
The game ended 2-2 and you can say it was a match that lived up to its billing.
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