Sergio Aguero 5, Virgil van Dijk 8 - how Liverpool and City rated

08 October, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Martin Keown states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Man City

It took until the 62nd minute for both teams to register a shot on target as they cancelled each other out, before City were given a golden opportunity when Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have upended Leroy Sane in the penalty area.

With Sergio Aguero substituted, the Brazil global striker was ready to take the 86th-minute spot kick, but the City boss instructed Benjamin Mendy to tell Riyad Mahrez to take it instead.

It certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter at the top of the Premier League table as Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield. These are the two most attacking teams in the Premier league, they said. All of Liverpool's starting front six had been involved in both the defeat away to Napoli on Wednesday and the draw at Chelsea last Saturday, and it may be they were suffering a touch of fatigue after three such tough games in a week.

Liverpool, who lost James Milner to a hamstring injury in the 29th minute, defeated City three times last season in all competitions and remained unbeaten at home against their title rivals since May 2003.

Even though City weren't blessed with regular penalty takers on the bench, surely they had someone better equipped to step up - even Ederson in net!

Martin Keown states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Man City

"If it's up and down quickly they are much, much better-they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively". You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant.

Liverpool currently now sit third, following Chelsea's 3-0 win at Southampton earlier today.

On the hour Sterling's corner hit Van Dijk's arm but Atkinson ruled Fernandinho had climbed all over the Holland global, much to the anger of City's bench. "He was on the pitch when the first penalty was not given", the City manager said. "It will be a good experience for him, next time it will go in". If you want to win against Man City you have to use a few of these half chances. "We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season when we lose and especially when we try to be ourselves all the time", he added.

Referee Martin Atkinson was absolutely right to award Manchester City their penalty in the dying moments.

"We controlled it with Riyad, the guy who could give the extra pass; Bernardo in the middle, to give you an extra pass".


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