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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 submit enquiry for 12-goal Serie A winger starring for current club

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Liverpool make enquiry for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa

Liverpool have made an enquiry into the availability of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

Federico Chiesa, 21, has enjoyed a good season with Fiorentina. He has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. The young Italian’s performances have caught the attention of the Reds, who are competing for Premier League and the Champions League this season.

The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fiorentina would be looking for a fee in the region of €70million for the winger, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Federico Chiesa

Does Liverpool need Federico Chiesa?

A product of the Fiorentina academy, Federico Chiesa is one of the hottest properties in Italian football. He has performed very well in the Serie A this season and has also become a regular in the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini.

The 21-year-old is pacey, dynamic, hard-working and tenacious as well as a technically-gifted player that can create and score goals in equal measure. The winger can light up the scene with his raw pace and creativity as well as change the course of the game in one blink of an eye.

Chiesa is a clever operator, capable of picking out passes and breaking the lines with his creative passing. To go with his intelligent and solid passing range, he can make space for himself with dribbles and take-ons. The Italy international works incredibly hard without the ball and is no slouch when it comes to performing defensive duties.

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But given we have Mohamed Salah on the right wing and is a regular fixture in Klopp’s front three, the Reds shouldn’t splash so much money on Chiesa.

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“It’s the decisive period of the season”: Jurgen Klopp determined to win the PL title in pre-match presser ahead of Cardiff City clash

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raring to win both the competitions

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not tired and are raring to win the two elite competitions—the Premier League and the Champions League, as reported by the Liverpoolfc.com.

The Reds are top of the Premier League and have reached the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto over the two legs. That potentially leaves us with seven matches to negotiate in the campaign and after the big win over Porto in mid-week, attention turns towards Sunday’s game against Cardiff City.

“We are not tired. It’s the decisive period of the season. It was last year like this, it is this year like this. That’s good. That we are involved in two more competitions is a sign for success,” Klopp addressed in his presser ahead of the Cardiff game.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

“We are still in the Champions League and title race. We are not tired.

‘Training is low intensity because we don’t have to do a lot because the boys know it.

“We have a little session tomorrow and then we go to Cardiff.”

On facing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, Klopp added: “We will probably have the ball a bit more than Cardiff and that’s what we have to use. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.

“That’s impressive. I think the whole city fights for the league and we will go there and have to face it. We will face that and, if we are prepared, then we still can get a result I think.”

Ahead of Sunday’s visit to South Wales, our gaffer also gave an injury update: He expects Dejan Lovren to be available for the weekend fixture, while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain in contention.

Sunday’s game against Cardiff should be a routine one for Liverpool but a side fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation should never be estimated. Warnock’s side are a powerful, physically strong side whose direct style of football can cause us problems.

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But we have defenders to cope up to their challenge and forwards to hit them hard on the counter. Let’s just hope we return back home with nothing less than three points.

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Liverpool enter race to sign 19-year-old with £106m release clause

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Liverpool FC transfer news: The Reds interested in Benfica’s Joao Felix

Joao Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s exciting talents, helping Benfica push for the league title this season.

The 19-year-old has taken Europe by storm and became the youngest player ever to net a hat-trick in the Europa League earlier this month. Most of Europe’s elite clubs are already monitoring the teenage sensation’s progress.

Joao Felix

Joao Felix

Liverpool are also one of the clubs interested in Joao Felix and very recently sent scouts to watch him in action against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he netted a hat-trick in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last week, report the Birmingham Mail.

The report even claims that the Reds have informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, of their interest in the hoping of taking the player to Anfield at the end of the season.

It’ll be tough to get a deal done for Joao Felix

Felix is now recognised as one of the hottest talents in world football. He is s one of the first names on Bruno Lage’s teamsheet and in just more than half a season, is already on the radar of Europe’s big-hitters.

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Considering the interest in teenage prodigy, it’ll be very difficult for Liverpool to sign him. The Portuguese attacker is a player with huge potential but he needs to play regularly if he’s to unlock his true talent.

I don’t see that happening at Anfield, particularly with Jurgen Klopp having a set front-three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. It’ll be very difficult for the young Felix to dislodge either one of them from the starting XI.

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Plus, Felix has a £106m release clause in his contract which makes it even more complicated for us to strike a deal.

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