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Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has scored in all five of his Premier League games against Liverpool at the Etihad

Manchester City and Liverpool had to settle for a point apiece as they battled out a thrilling draw at Etihad Stadium.

A hugely entertaining game was littered with talking points, astonishing misses and a sense of injustice for both sides as they felt they were on the receiving end of debatable decisions from referee Michael Oliver.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead against his former club with a penalty six minutes after the break, after Gael Clichy was penalised for a raised boot on Roberto Firmino.

Sergio Aguero scored against Liverpool for the fifth successive Premier League game at Etihad Stadium from Kevin de Bruyne's perfect cross after 69 minutes - before both sides wasted glorious opportunities to secure a vital win in the race for top-four places.

Aguero was particularly culpable, stumbling at the vital moment after his superb approach play had fashioned a clear chance eight yards out. After he fluffed his shot, De Bruyne hit the loose ball against the post.

Adam Lallana produced a candidate for miss of the season when he somehow failed to tap Firmino's pass into an empty net before, in stoppage time, Aguero volleyed over the sort of chance he normally takes with comfort.

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana could have netted the winner for Liverpool - but missed the ball from six yards out on 81 minutes

The game of missed opportunities

The scoreline only scratches at the surface of a game that was enthralling from start to finish, illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, who possess verve in attack but frailty in defence.

City and Liverpool both created and missed the sort of chances that could have turned one point into three and made life a little easier in the closing stages of the season.

City's Raheem Sterling could not find the final touch to David Silva's cross in the first half, with Fernandinho missing a presentable finish standing behind him.

The second half was when the real gifts were passed up.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp threatened to rip his cap off in a mixture of shock and disgust when Lallana, the ball presented on a plate by Firmino for what should have been a formality, somehow contrived to fail with his connection and the ball rolled apologetically away.

Sterling then lobbed Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet but the ball drifted wide - with City's real opportunity coming deep into stoppage time when Aguero sent a volley off target at the far post from another superb De Bruyne delivery.

Both sides had to settle for a draw - but both know it could have been so much more.

Michael Oliver
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola questioned Michael Oliver after the final whistle

Tough afternoon for Oliver

The life of a referee was summed up by the sight and sound of Michael Oliver incurring the wrath of both sets of players at various points throughout a chaotic 90 minutes.

Liverpool felt they were denied a penalty when Sadio Mane tumbled under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi in the first half, although the striker also inadvertently made contact with his own leg as he shaped to shoot after escaping the City defender with embarrassing ease.

Yaya Toure was perhaps fortunate to only receive a yellow card after a wild lunge on Emre Can caught the Liverpool midfielder in the chest, while City were furious their penalty claims were ignored as Sterling went down under a challenge from Milner as he closed in on a finish in the six-yard area.

City's players were furious after Liverpool's penalty award - many continuing the discussion with Oliver long after Milner had completed the formalities - but Oliver got this big call right.

Clichy's foot was dangerously high on Firmino as he raced in on goal and Oliver had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

It was a tough afternoon for the official as the big decisions came thick and fast.

Guardiola and Klopp
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp were both extremely active in their technical areas

Frustration for Guardiola and Klopp

City boss Pep Guardiola and counterpart Klopp were both delighted with the performance from their teams - but the body language in the technical area also revealed huge frustration.

Victory for either man would have been a crucial psychological blow as they fight for a place in the top four but both saw their teams waste the sort of chances that could have secured what they craved.

Guardiola and Klopp were both animated in frustration in the first 45 minutes, especially at one point when they were united in mutual dissatisfaction in the technical area, the Catalan racing towards his opposite number for an exchange that concluded with a flamboyant high five.

Klopp was leaping around in frustration, threatening to throw his cap to the floor as Liverpool squandered good positions, while Guardiola almost slumped to the turf in anguish after Aguero's later miss.

City remain a point ahead of Liverpool in third with a game in hand as Klopp's side lay fourth - while the result suited Manchester United best of all as they are now four points behind the Merseysiders with two games in hand after their win at Middlesbrough.

Man of the match - David Silva

David Silva
David Silva covered the most distance of any City player (12km) and won possession back seven times for his side against Liverpool

'One of the happiest days of my career' - what the managers said

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'Liverpool draw one of the most special days of my life'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola:

"Congratulations to Liverpool and Manchester City. It is one of the days I am proud the most.

"I have not had a long career as manager and it is one of the most special days of my life.

"The Champions League defeat was so tough for us and we recovered today with our mentality and attack, but we could not attack more because Liverpool are a top team.

"I want to stay here and help this club make a step forward and the battle to qualify for the Champions League will go until the last day.

"We played three days after going out of the Champions League. How the players suffer and fight to qualify against Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach, how we play in the second half against Monaco, to be out was so tough for all of us.

"The players in training did not speak. How they reacted against Liverpool means a lot."

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Liverpool needed a bit more luck - Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp:

"Our players did really well. I struggled on the final whistle to be really happy but it's a success to get a point at City and to play like this.

"It's more than OK what we did but we needed a bit more luck.

"The Sadio Mane situation - it was a red card and a penalty. In a game like this, it would've killed them.

"But maybe they could've and should've had a penalty too. 1-1 is better than nothing.

"They are too good to always defend perfectly. When we started playing football in the game, it was really difficult for them.

"Between 50 and 65 minutes we could have decided the game and we didn't.

"We can't speak today about faults and mistakes. Before the game, if someone told me I would get a point at City, I would have taken it."

When Milner scores, Liverpool don't lose - stats

  • City have gone seven consecutive games without defeat in the Premier League (W4 D3 L0), their longest streak in the competition under Guardiola.
  • Liverpool have won more points in 10 games against the top six this season (20) than they have in 10 games against the bottom six (19).
  • Milner has scored seven penalties in the league this season - only Steven Gerrard (10 in 2013-14) has scored more for Liverpool in a Premier League campaign.
  • Milner now holds the record for the most Premier League games scored in without losing (47 games: W37 D10 L0).
  • Only Gylfi Sigurdsson (11) has made more assists than De Bruyne (10) in the Premier League this season. The Belgian has assisted Aguero more times than any other player this term (3).
  • City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their past 13 games in all competitions against Liverpool, shipping 24 in the process (W2 D5 L6).

What's next?

Manchester City have another crucial period coming up after the international break which could decide their top-four status.

First they travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Sunday, 2 April (16:00 BST) and three days later they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, 5 April (20:00 BST).

Liverpool's next Premier League fixture is not an easy one either - they host Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday, 1 April (12:30 BST).

Line-ups

Man City

  • 13Caballero
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 24Stones
  • 30Otamendi
  • 22ClichyBooked at 50mins
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 22minsSubstituted forSagnaat 65'minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 21SilvaBooked at 50mins
  • 19SanéSubstituted forFernandoat 83'minutes
  • 10Agüero

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Sagna
  • 6Fernando
  • 9Nolito
  • 11Kolarov
  • 72Iheanacho
  • 75García

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 32MatipBooked at 43mins
  • 17Klavan
  • 7Milner
  • 20Lallana
  • 23Can
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 19ManéBooked at 89mins
  • 11FirminoBooked at 16minsSubstituted forLucasat 89'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forOrigiat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 6Lovren
  • 18Moreno
  • 21Lucas
  • 27Origi
  • 58Woodburn
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
54,449

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva replaces Roberto Firmino.

Booking

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Divock Origi.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces Leroy Sané.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sadio Mané following a fast break.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James Milner.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Hand ball by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sadio Mané.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bacary Sagna replaces Yaya Touré.

Foul by John Stones (Manchester City).

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Willy Caballero.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a through ball.

Attempt missed. John Stones (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James Milner.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2822333869
2Tottenham2817833459
3Man City2817652457
4Liverpool2916852556
5Man Utd27141031952
6Arsenal2715572250
7Everton2914872150
8West Brom2912710143
9Stoke299911-936
10Southampton279612-333
11Bournemouth299614-1233
12West Ham299614-1233
13Burnley299515-1132
14Watford288713-1531
15Leicester288614-1430
16Crystal Palace288416-1028
17Swansea298318-2727
18Hull296617-3224
19Middlesbrough2841014-1322
20Sunderland285518-2620
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