Liverpool draw 2-2 with Manchester City as the title decider ends in a spectacular stalemate

Liverpool draw 2-2 with Manchester City as the title decider ends in a spectacular stalemate with four goals.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Liverpool vs Manchester City was peak football at its finest as Klopp's men twice came from behind to keep the Premier League title race on a knife-edge with a pulsating Liverpool draw 2-2 with Manchester City.

Kevin De Bruyne's deflected effort gave champions City a sixth-minute lead but the visitors were back on terms seven minutes later at the Etihad Stadium through Diogo Jota.

Gabriel Jesus — a surprise selection — sprung the Liverpool offside trap to score his first Premier League goal since September in the 37th minute, but Mohamed Salah played in Sadio Mane to give the visitors a flying start to the second period.

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Gabriel Jesus celebrates his goal against Liverpool. (image- Manchester City Twitter)

There was no let-up in the attacking intent but neither side could find a winner, meaning Pep Guardiola's men remain a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp's side at the summit with seven games remaining.

Guardiola opted for an aggressive front three of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Jesus and, after Sterling drew an early save from Alisson at close quarters, De Bruyne's strike spun off Joel Matip to leave the Liverpool goalkeeper with no chance.

Liverpool responded impressively, with Trent Alexander-Arnold knocking Andy Robertson's floated ball back across goal for Jota to score his 15th Premier League goal of the season.

But it was City's attacking full-backs who were the story of the opening period. Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo each rampaged forward and the Portugal international's lovely floated pass found Jesus' probing run for him to lift a clever finish beyond his compatriot in the Liverpool goal.

Foden flashed a couple of dangerous balls across the face of the Reds' box and Klopp's men needed half-time. After the break, they were transformed.

Salah ducked into midfield to produce a delicious pass. Walker played Mane onside and a dead-eyed finish followed.

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Sadio Mane scores against Manchester City. (Image- Liverpool Twitter)

Jota forced a sharp stop from Ederson shortly afterward but, although it was a more even contest in the second period, the better chances still fell City's way.

Sterling coolly rolled the ball home, only to be denied by a VAR offside after the hour and a newly emboldened Jesus lashed wastefully into the side netting.

Perhaps the best chance arrived deep into stoppage time as the indomitable De Bruyne strode through midfield and released City's top scorer Riyad Mahrez. The substitute spied a Hollywood moment but sent his chip sailing over.

City had more shots overall and more on target than Liverpool in this end-to-end thriller, but their lack of an elite goalscorer is well documented. Mahrez is their most natural finisher and look what happened at the death.

Klopp already had the most dangerous set of attackers before he added Jota and Luis Diaz and City lost Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres. There remains no margin for error in this title battle and Sunday's titanic clash only heightened the impression that Liverpool have the players to bail them out in a tight spot to a greater extent than City do.

 What a game of football. A feast for neutrals. Liverpool draw 2-2 with Manchester City, fans probably need several days lying down in darkened rooms. It's a better result for Guardiola's team: they remain a point ahead and the destiny of the title is in their hands. However, they will rue not putting Liverpool away in the first half and, although Klopp's men were much improved in the second period and showed their indomitable spirit, there were still opportunities for the hosts to win it —right up until Mahrez's wayward chip at the death.

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