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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Sadio Mané (59')
  • Mohamed Salah (76')
  • Phil Foden (69')
  • Kevin De Bruyne (81')

Manchester City earn late draw at Liverpool in thriller

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Nicol: Liverpool were lucky to earn a point vs. Man City (1:22)

Steve Nicol says Man City outplayed rivals Liverpool after the title contenders played out a 2-2 draw. (1:22)

Manchester City twice pegged back Liverpool to earn a thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.

All four goals came in a stunning second half where Kevin De Bruyne rescued a point for Pep Guardiola's side.

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Liverpool took the lead through Sadio Mane before Phil Foden reduced the deficit. Mohamed Salah scored a stunner to put the hosts back ahead before De Bruyne grabbed another equaliser late on.

The draw sees Liverpool remain in second place with City behind in third.

"What a game. That's the reason [over] the last years Man City and Liverpool are always there because we try to play in this way," Guardiola said.

"Unfortunately we couldn't win -- but we didn't lose.That's why the Premier League is the best. It was great, really great."

City dominated the first half and Liverpool needed Alisson to produce fine saves to twice deny Foden.

James Milner, filling in for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back, had a torrid half, faced with Foden and Jack Grealish and receiving little help from his teammates.

De Bruyne should have put the visitors ahead 10 minutes before the break but his close-range header went over the bar.

The hosts responded well and Ederson produced a good save to stop Diogo Jota's effort.

Liverpool went ahead after 59 minutes after Salah skipped past Joao Cancelo to set up Mane to finish past the goalkeeper.

City scored a deserved equaliser 10 minutes later when Foden produced a fine finish from a tight angle.

Salah restored Liverpool's lead with a stunning solo goal where he jinked past four defenders and slotted the ball over the Ederson.

The champions responded once again five minutes later as De Bruyne's effort deflected in off Joel Matip.

There was still time for an outstanding piece of defending from City midfielder Rodri, whose superb block kept out a goal-bound effort from Fabinho after Ederson had dropped a cross.

Klopp made no attempt to sugar-coat his team's first-half display.

"We were too passive with and without the ball and played right into City's hands. That was the worst half we have played against them," he said.

"I was more than pleased when I heard the whistle for halftime because we had to adjust a lot of things and we did.

"Second half was completely different. If we only played the second half I would have loved to have won but with the first half I am happy with the point."

The Liverpool boss also praised Salah for his sensational goal: "Only the best players in the world score goals like this. It was the first touch, the first challenge he wins, the going there and putting it on his right foot and finishing the situation off like he did. Absolutely exceptional.

"Because this club never forgets anything, people will talk about this goal for a long, long time, in 50, 60 years, when they remember this game.

"If Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo score that goal then the world says yes because it's world class. He is one of the best players in the world, that's how it is."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 +26 30
2 Manchester City 13 +20 29
3 Liverpool 13 +28 28
4 West Ham United 13 +8 23
5 Arsenal 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton 13 -4 15
15 Southampton 13 -7 14
16 Watford 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6