Liverpool visited City for the first encounter this season. Mohamed Salah’s early penalty rewarded the Red’s one point along with City. A 13th-minute penalty, which awarded for fouling Mane inside the box, has converted by the Egyptian successfully. Pep was not in a mood to stand back and watching the visitors gaining the advantage. 31 minutes into the game, City equalized the game through the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus.
The hosts got an obvious chance to lead the game from a spot-kick as half time neared – the referee caught Joe Gomez for handball. The referee initially refused to grant a penalty but revised the decision by VAR reviewing. City captain Kevin De Bruyne missed the target. A huge disappointment for the City side as they spoiled the chance to climb to a better spot on the table.
Alison Becker’s intervention during the match frequently helped Liverpool not to concede more goals. The hosts took possession in Red’s half and De Bruyne swept in a right to left cross for Raheem Sterling at the back post. He controlled the ball, picked the target spot but only to be stopped by Alisson with his legs and Joel Matip cleared the ball out from the danger area.
The second half of the match has an adverse effect on the Liverpool team, Alexander – Arnold went down with an injury while carrying out a sprint. He could not finish his run and soon replaced by experienced veteran James Milner against his former team. A victory for City at home would have been a great result, but the game remained and ended up with the same scoreline as the first half.