Talking Points: Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 – Golden chances go begging

Talking Points: Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 – Golden chances go begging

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Manchester City came from a goal down to secure a point at home against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw on Monday morning.

After a goalless first half both teams came out all guns blazing after the break, but it was the Reds who would take the lead.

Roberto Firmino was brought down in the penalty area after a clumsy foul by Gael Clichy and James Milner dispatched the resulting penalty with ease.

Sergio Aguero then stepped up for his side and slotted in the equaliser after Kevin De Bruyne delivered a perfect ball into the box.

Both teams rue missed opportunities

These teams will feel that they could have got more from the game after a series of chances went begging. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling had the simplest of tasks of tapping into an empty net during the first half, but he was denied by a desperate, yet outstanding tackle by Milner. The same move saw Fernandinho also miss the target form close range with a poor effort.

Aguero himself failed to capitalise on a simple chance moments before he levelled proceedings – doing extremely well to create the opportunity, but losing his bearings at the crucial moment. He also could have won the game in the dying moments, but the Argentine blasted his shot over the bar.

Adam Lallana was another guilty party after the England international failed to get any connection on the ball when looking to score from close range.

There were many more chances that were not taken, with both sides left wondering what could have been.

Vital points dropped

With Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United all winning this weekend, Manchester City and Liverpool would have gone into this game desperately seeking three points.

Despite both giving it their all and providing an extremely entertaining contest, neither could grab that all important second goal, resulting in a frustrating draw for both teams. At the end of the day, it was two points dropped for Pep Guardiola’s and Jurgen Klopp’s teams. The Reds and the Citizens still remain in the top four, but have moved further away from Chelsea, while Manchester United are hot on their heels.

Top of the table heats up

It does not get easier for both teams as they face tough encounters in their next league fixtures. Following the international break, Manchester City will travel to Arsenal in a crucial tie at the Emirates. The Gunners have not been in the best form of late, but will be desperate to climb back into a top four position and will surely provide another test for the Sky Blues.

Liverpool host the Merseyside derby after returning from the international break as Everton visit Anfield. Ronald Koeman’s side have been in stellar form and are not far away from the top teams, sitting in seventh position. The derby always provides heated encounters between and this game should be no different.

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