The 80th-minute goal canceled out Erling Haaland’s 50th Premier League strike to put the champions ahead in the 27th minute. Saturday’s 1-1 draw was the first time in 24 matches that league leaders City have lost points at home since Dec. 31, 2022. It is as ridiculous a statistic as Haaland reaching the 50 goals in 48 matches mark.
It’s no coincidence they win so many home matches, Jurgen Klopp told official TV channels. The Liverpool manager praised the quality and fluidity of City’s play and said they could have won. His team with a new midfield Jr lineup to give Real Madrid the Champions League. City tested the and Nathan Ake was creating the overload.
The fact that Ake provided the assist proves how high Pep Guardiola wants to play his team. It would have been enough if the left center-back had focused on his main duty for which he was preferred to Josco Guardiola, namely keeping Mo Salah out of the way. Ake was up to the task and Haaland was up to the task. ‘In those situations you pass the ball and he does the rest,’ Ake said in a televised conversation with Mikebut to get past him for missing Phil Foden. Foden may have been surprised by that too and punched straight at Alisson. It was quite a different story when, late in the first half, Ederson, much more confident in his passes, found Bernardo Silva and the ball reached Foden. Foden put the ball past him, but Alisson kept Liverpool in the game with a magnificent shot.
At times City were tricky and Liverpool were patient, but the game that Klopp said the world would pay the most for did not reach the high standards that these teams have shown over the past five years. Alisson’s problems with passes were a surprise. So was the fact that Curtis Jones started City’s counter-attack. Or a mistake in a passNot 30 seconds after Doku found Haaland, Liverpool equalized: the ball went from left to right and Cody Gakpo made a run, opening up space for Alexander-Arnold, who scored with a one-touch shot he doesn’t have time, Alexander-Arnold told official TV channels. Klopp introduced Gakpo and Luis Diaz and both contributed to the goal, which Alexander-Arnold celebrated by putting his finger to his lips.