Liverpool and Man City played a cosmic match. Salah turned on god mode, but it wasn’t enough to win

The best game of the sea­son in the Pre­mier League took place at Anfield.

Eng­lish Cham­pi­onship. Pre­mier League. 7th round
Liv­er­pool — Man­ches­ter City — 2:2 (0:0)
Goals: Mane 59 (1:0). Foden 69 (1:1). Salah, 76 (2:1). De Bruyne 81 (2:2).
Liv­er­pool”: Alis­son, Matip, van Dijk, Robert­son, Mil­ner (Gomez, 78), Hen­der­son, Fabin­ho, Jones, Salah, Mane, Dio­go Jota (Robert Firmin, 68).
Man­ches­ter city”: Eder­son, Walk­er, Laporte, Joao Can­ce­lo, Ruben Dias, De Bruyne, Bernar­do Sil­va, Her­nan­dez, Gre­al­ish (Ster­ling 66), Gabriel Jesus, Foden.
Warn­ings: Ruben Dias, 26. Mil­ner, 42. Joao Can­ce­lo, 56. Dio­go Jota, 65. Bernar­do Sil­va, 77. Fabin­ho, 83.
Judge: Tier­ney.
Octo­ber 3. Liv­er­pool. Anfield Sta­di­um.

Man­ches­ter City’s cal­en­dar in the last week is noth­ing to envy: they had a very dif­fi­cult away series. Last Sat­ur­day, Pep Guardi­o­la’s team beat Chelsea (1:0) in the Pre­mier League, three days lat­er the city lost to PSG (0:2) in the Cham­pi­ons League and came to Anfield for a snack.

Liv­er­pool’s spar­ring part­ners before the game with the cham­pi­ons were a lit­tle weak­er. In the Cham­pi­ons League, the Reds warmed up at Por­to (5:1) and approached Man­ches­ter City in excel­lent shape, despite the per­son­nel loss­es. Trent Alexan­der-Arnold, Thi­a­go Alcan­tara and Har­vey Elliott, who broke his ankle in the game against Leeds, missed the match.

The con­fronta­tion between Liv­er­pool and Man­ches­ter City has been the main thing in the Pre­mier League in recent years, and the team coach­es nev­er tire of com­pli­ment­ing each oth­er.

“Jur­gen Klop­p’s teams have helped me become a bet­ter coach. He brought me to anoth­er lev­el — he made me think, prove to myself, become bet­ter. This is the rea­son why I am still doing this busi­ness. Ever since I came to Eng­land — well, maybe not my first year — Liv­er­pool have always been on top. For the last four years, both we and they have always been at the top. This is the biggest com­pli­ment,” Guardi­o­la said before the game.

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“They are still real­ly the best team for me in Europe at the moment and we have a tough task. It’s a real­ly spe­cial game of the sea­son, it’s always the same every year. You have to be brave, you have to be deter­mined, you have to be dar­ing, you have to tru­ly be the best ver­sion of your­self,” Klopp said in turn.

The game start­ed at high speeds and with mutu­al pres­sure. As it might seem, Liv­er­pool quick­ly ran out of strength. The hosts slowed down the pace mid­way through the first half and com­plete­ly for­got about the Man­ches­ter City goal. Dur­ing the half of the match, the Reds shot at Eder­son­’s goal only once — and that was off tar­get. The Cit­i­zens, in turn, cre­at­ed sev­er­al dan­ger­ous chances, but were unable to con­vert them. In some places Alis­son was good, but in oth­ers the City play­ers sucked.

After the break, the Liv­er­pool for­wards remem­bered why they took to the field. Mo Salah was espe­cial­ly active. Sev­er­al dan­ger­ous attacks end­ed in noth­ing until the Egypt­ian took over. In the 59th minute of the match, the winger picked up the ball in his own half of the field, ran away from Joao Can­ce­lo and moved to the cen­ter near the City penal­ty area. Salah’s pass brought Sadio Mane one on one with Eder­son, and the Sene­galese did not dis­ap­point and shot straight into the left cor­ner.

Just 10 min­utes lat­er, Gabi Jesus’ Salah-style solo pass brought home the goal for Man­ches­ter City. The Brazil­ian moved from the right flank to the cen­ter and made a pass to Phil Foden on the left side. The young Eng­lish­man rolled the ball hard into the far bot­tom cor­ner.

But inspi­ra­tion descend­ed on Salah that evening. It’s dif­fi­cult to describe his goal in words. Com­par­isons with the best goals of Lionel Mes­si’s career are rel­e­vant.

But Man­ches­ter City is a great team so as not to lose heart even after such mas­ter­pieces against them. Yes, the guests equal­ized with a lot of luck, but still. The ball was award­ed to Kevin De Bruyne. Shot with one touch from the penal­ty line. A rebound from Liv­er­pool defend­er Joel Matip pre­vent­ed Alis­son from get­ting the ball out of the cor­ner.

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This moment allowed us to avoid a big scan­dal. The entire City bench was con­fi­dent that James Mil­ner’s foul with 15 min­utes left deserved a book­ing, which would have been his sec­ond. Guardi­o­la even received a yel­low card for his protests. It is also impor­tant that Mil­ner, remain­ing on the field, took part in the attack that end­ed with Salah’s goal. Although the City coach was still dis­sat­is­fied after the match: “A clean yel­low card, every­thing is clear here. If Mil­ner had been a Man­ches­ter City play­er, he would have been sent off in this episode.”

But, for­tu­nate­ly, it will not be Mil­ner who will be remem­bered, but Salah, who played an out­stand­ing match.

“If Mes­si or Ronal­do scored such a goal, every­one would say that this is top class. Mo Salah scored this goal. Top class! And this is not the first time he scores after such pass­es, Mo scored a sim­i­lar goal against Tot­ten­ham,” Klopp admired after the match.

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 7th round

03 Oct, 18:30. Anfield (Liv­er­pool)



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