This is the second time Manchester City and Liverpool have faced each other this season and on both occasions, the scoreline was the same.
The two most in-form teams in the Premier League provided a feast for football fans across the world, with their action-packed display on Sunday night. It was pure entertainment for 90 minutes and the end result was a fair one. Liverpool twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. First, it was Diogo Jota, who equalised in the 13th minute after Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected opener. However, City went ahead for a second time in the first half, thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ goal eight minutes before half-time. At the start of the second period, Sadio Mane leveled the scores and there were no more goals after that point.
Both sides had chances to win, especially Manchester City who were pushing for the three points. However, experts and fans will agree that neither team deserves to lose after delivering a breathtaking performance on Sunday. Let us look at the things we have learned from the footballing spectacle at the Etihad Stadium:
This is the second time Manchester City and Liverpool have faced each other this season and on both occasions, the scoreline was the same. In the reverse leg, the score was the same but the manner in which the goals had come was exactly the opposite of Sunday night’s performance. At Anfield earlier this season, Jurgen Klopp’s side twice took the lead but were pegged back both times by Pep Guardiola’s men.
On Sunday, the roles were reversed. This time, Man City twice took the lead, only for the Reds to claw their way back on both occasions. Both matches were played at a break-neck speed for most parts of the game. For majority of the season, the title race was also dominated by these two sides. There is not much to separate them from players to their managers, as the fans are set to watch them in action once again in the FA Cup semifinals soon.
A win for either side on Sunday would have given them a great opportunity to win the league title at the end of the campaign. But as it turned out, both teams had to settle for a point, meaning the final seven games of the season will hold its own significance. For now, Manchester City are on 74 points from 31 games and Liverpool are a point behind at 73 from the same number of matches.
The remaining seven league matches of the campaign will be like seven finals for both sides. Not to mention that they both have tricky fixtures in the remaining games. Liverpool still have to play old foes Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, while City have slightly easier matches on the paper. But they still have to travel to West Ham United and Wolves. Whichever team wins it, in the end, will be thoroughly deserving of the crown.
It is difficult to keep the Portuguese forward from scoring this season. He continued his impressive streak with another solid outing in front of the goal on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. Jota scored the first equaliser for his side. Andy Robertson found Trent Alexander-Arnold on the byline and the English full-back struck a volleyed cut-back for Jota. The Portuguese forward converted the opportunity with aplomb to level the score.
In total, Jota has scored 15 league goals this campaign and has 21 in total. When he first arrived at Anfield in 2020, Roberto Firmino was the team’s first choice striker and Jota had to play on the left or settle for a place on the bench. But gradually, he pushed out Firmino from the Starting XI and has taken over his role. While Mohamed Salah continues to get most of the spotlight at Anfield for his world-class displays this season, Jota’s ability to score in crucial encounters cannot be underestimated.