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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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“It’s the wrong club for him” – ESPN pundit urges American star to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool

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Christian Pulisic

Former Arsenal star and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner has told Christian Pulisic to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool.

The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.

Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:

“No, don’t do it.

“It’s the wrong club for him.

“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.

“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.

The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp

“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.

“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.

“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”

The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.

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The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.

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(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane broke down in tears after Senegal’s 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.

Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.

His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.

Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.

Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.

The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.

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Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.

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Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation

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Liverpool are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Brazilian sensation Bruno Roberto, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.

Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.

The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.

The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.

Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.

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Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.

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