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Livepool 1 Manchester City 1 – Match reaction

A fairly even encounter at Anfield saw Manchester City secure a draw against Liverpool. Two changes were made for the home side against the side that saw off Chelsea last week at Stamford Bridge. Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing were recalled in place of Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy who sadly withdrew from the game following the tragic news of the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.

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A fairly even encounter at Anfield saw Manchester City secure a draw against Liverpool. Two changes were made for the home side to the one that saw off Chelsea last week at Stamford Bridge. Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing were recalled in place of Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy who sadly withdrew from the game following the tragic news of the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.

Liverpool fans can feel hard done by after being kept at bay by some superb heroics between the sticks by City ‘keeper Joe Hart who put in a Man of The Match performance.

The initial stages swung back and forth as both sides sought a way through some stout defending. Pepe Reina was on hand to keep out a poor back pass from the usually faultless Jose Enrique as the Anfield faithful held it’s breathe. Chances came for both teams although it has to be said that Liverpool were on occasion wasteful in possession.

The breakthrough came in the 31st minute as Vincent Kompany’s head met David Silva’s corner and diverted the ball past Reina. The City lead, however, was soon undone. A mere 107 seconds after Kompany’s goal, his defensive partner Jolean Lescott equalized for the home side. The ex-Everton defender inexplicably sticking out a boot to divert Charlie Adam’s tame 30-yard effort past the helpless Hart. Liverpool were back on level terms.

Both sides started the second half tentatively, although City had the better of the early exchanges and Liverpool were to some degree on the back foot. There was little to part both sides who were both guilty of squandering possession needlessly in what was largely a nervous opening 20 minutes.

As the second half progressed, Liverpool began to get the better of the visitors and looked to take control of the game. Again, a poor back pass, this time from Lucas Leiva left Aguero through on goal after beating Reina to the loose ball. Virtually the entire back four manned the Liverpool goalmouth and eventually the ball was cleared by Enrique.

On 65 minutes, Roberto Mancini removed Samir Nasri in preference of Mario Balotelli, clearly feeling the City midfield was in need of a little more strength over flair. The move proved ill-fated as Balotelli was promptly dismissed 17 minutes later following first a needlessly bringing down Glen Johnson and then leading with his elbow against Martin Skrtel.

Liverpool smelt the chance of victory and set about pressing the City midfield and defence in search of the winner. Downing went close, followed by Hart superbly diverting Luis Suarez’s effort round the post. A double save from Hart in stoppage time from Carroll’s header and Suarez’s follow-up attempt saw the visitors literally cling on for what most home supporters would have considered a fortunate point.

Again another home draw for Liverpool, and yet again, another match-saving performance from the opposing man between the sticks. Liverpool should not be down hearted by this result. Despite the result the reds carved out chances aplenty against Mancini’s table topping outfit. You can’t really ask for more than that. The only downside was again the profligacy in possession and some poor back passes that put almost put the team in jeopardy. We have Pepe Reina to thank for some great decision-making in some desperate situations.

Overall, I think Mancini will be the happier of the two managers. Kenny Dalglish will be happy that his team dominated for large periods but will be a little disappointed by the fact that the team has again had to settle for a draw having put so much pressure on the opponent’s goal. Not a total disaster, but I would have preferred the three points.

Tomorrow I’ll be giving a low-down from a statistical point of view, which I promise you will make for some very interesting reading.

 

By Ben Green

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Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender

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Lloyd Kelly

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Bristol City youngster Lloyd Kelly is being tracked by Liverpool after several fantastic performances in the Championship, according to the Mirror.

The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.

Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.

The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.

The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.

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The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.

The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.

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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

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Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

Read more: “I was alive in the time of Mo Salah…” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Salah’s Bournemouth hat-trick

The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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