Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool , both teams shared a point, goals from Erling Halaand and Trent Alexander-Arnold

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool , both teams shared a point, goals from Erling Halaand and Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low finish ten minutes from time won Liverpool a point against Manchester City in a 1-1 draw between the Premier League’s top two.

At the Etihad Stadium, a very equal battle never really got going as two old opponents kept each other in check.

Manchester City took the lead in the first half thanks to Erling Haaland, who latched onto a through ball from Nathan Ake after a poor clearance from Alisson before blasting into the bottom corner past the Brazilian custodian.

It was the Norwegian striker’s 50th Premier League goal, which he achieved in his 48th game, easily breaking Andy Cole’s record.

And Haaland almost scored a second just seconds before Alexander-Arnold equalised, Alisson’s stop important in launching the counter attack from which the right back deftly tucked home.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool , both teams shared a point, goals from Erling Halaand and Trent Alexander-Arnold

Manchester City’s 23-match winning streak at home comes to an end, and they might be overtaken at the top of the standings if Arsenal defeat Brentford later on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp had previously stated that the longer a streak goes, the more likely it will stop. especially if it looked to be wishful thinking when he said it a day earlier, events – especially Trent Alexander-Arnold – made the Liverpool manager sound prescient 24 hours later. Manchester City had won every game at the Etihad Stadium in 2023, every game since a less famous manager, Frank Lampard, achieved a 1-1 draw with a less talented Everton squad.

Almost 11 months later, Klopp and Liverpool achieved the same outcome, ending City’s winning streak on home soil at 23 games – one shy of the English record established by Sunderland in the 1890s – and maintaining the difference between these two clubs at one point.

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Jurgen Klopp appears content with a point

“It is a really good moment, to be honest,” Klopp begins on Sky. “It’s a tough place to come. It’s a place where you have to be ready to suffer. I think if we would have played really well today, we would have won; we didn’t, we played ok. Their good moments we felt more, so we had to push ourselves again and go out and give it a proper try, adapted slightly. Unfortunately we’ve lost Diogo now, with a muscle, and maybe Alisson as well. We’ll have to see.

“I told the boys at half-time we could be much better. We had to settle a little bit. Putting Trent [Alexander-Arnold] in a different position defensively plus Dom[inik Szoboszlai] and Mo[hamed Salah] closing that gap better in the second half gave us much more stability, and from there we could play football ourselves. I have nothing to complain about.

“Trent made a difference today, not just because he scored, but in a lot of other moments as well. He had a good game.”


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