Liverpool 2-2 Man City – A Sign of Things to Come?

By Jonathan Carroll

Heading into Sundays Premier League game Brendan Rodgers wanted to see his players respond after the defeat at the Hawthorns last weekend. Reigning champions Manchester City would provide a formidable test of character. At the end of the ninety minutes both Rodgers and the Anfield faithful will be hopeful that the glimpses of ball possession, movement, creativity and chance conversion can be continued and even improved upon. Defensive lapses however will need to be eliminated.

Liverpool had the better of the opening exchanges with Steven Gerrard threatening to fire from distance on a few occasions but never connected properly. Youngster Raheem Sterling got the nod ahead of Stewart Downing in the 4-2-1-3 system, partnering Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini up top.Koulo Toure was given a torrid time by the little speed merchant. The fresh approach of Sterling livened up Anfield ala John Barnes and should surely act as a warning for the under performing Stewart Downing.

Steven Gerrard’s corner was powered home by Martin Skrtel on thirty-four minutes. The center-half’s header almost bursting the net at the Kop end. Liverpool’s midfield, missing Lucas Leiva to an early thigh injury, went on to dominate their City opponents. Joe Allen’s simplicity on the ball, eye for a pass and willingness to get into tackles will make him a Kop hero if he keeps it up. Jonjo Shelvey also gave a stellar performance after a less than convincing display in Scotland midweek.

Roberto Mancini brought on Jack Rodwell to allow Yaya Toure to push further up the pitch and add his capabilities in the attacking third. This paid dividends with Toure slotting home Carlos Tevez’s cross after a poor touch by Martin Kelly. Three minutes later Luis Suarez curled home a majestic free kick at the Anfield Road end. It was a goal worthy of winning any game. It was not to be however, with only ten minutes remaining Martin Skrtel played a blind pass back towards Pepe Reina. The pass was misdirected and Tevez gleefully rounded Reina to tap home.

Under Rodgers Liverpool will look to play football as much as humanly possible. Even in circumstances when hoofing it would seem like the easy option. Keeping the ball is essential. This has been drilled into the Liverpool team. The squad seems to have bought into the same vision as Rodgers. There will undoubtedly be more growing pains as the season goes on. However, the positive signs were abundant on Sunday. Liverpool’s supporters must now have the patience to allow the system to take shape.

A draw against the champions isn’t a bad result. With Arsenal at home next, Rodgers and his players will know that three points are required against Arsenal on Sunday in order to get their season underway. The form shown against Man City must be transferred to teams like Norwich, Swansea and Reading. If Sunday is a sign of things to come then the Liverpool way of football may be on the way back.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 16 Coates – 7
  • 34 Kelly – 6 (Jose Enrique – 66′ )
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 08 Gerrard – 7
  • 21 Lucas (Shelvey – 5′ ) – 7
  • 24 Allen – 8
  • 31 Sterling – 8
  • 07 Suarez – 7 (Booked)
  • 29 Borini – 6 (Carroll – 83′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 23 Carragher
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 09 Carroll

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart – 6
  • 04 Kompany – 6
  • 05 Zabaleta – 6
  • 13 Kolarov – 5
  • 28 K Toure – 4
  • 07 Milner – 5 (Silva – 76′ )
  • 08 Nasri – 5 (Rodwell – 59′ ) – 5
  • 34 De Jong – 4
  • 42 Y Toure – 6
  • 32 Tevez – 7
  • 45 Balotelli – 3 (Dzeko – 62′ )

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 06 Lescott
  • 15 Savic
  • 17 Rodwell
  • 21 Silva
  • 62 Razak
  • 10 Dzeko
Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 44,942
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3 thoughts on “Liverpool 2-2 Man City – A Sign of Things to Come?

  1. Rodgers fielded a very young team with only 5 starters over 23. They more than held their own, but Lady Luck denied them victory. The future should brighten as the season progresses.

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  2. Pingback: Liverpool hosts Hearts, plans closeout of Europa group stage place | The Red Letter

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