Kevin de Bruyne missed a penalty as title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at a rain-soaked Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
After a pulsating opening 10 minutes, Kyle Walker brought Sadio Mane down in the box and the resultant spot kick was converted by Mo Salah to put the Reds 1-0 up.
City then levelled things up through Gabriel Jesus who turned his marker and slotted home calmly. They then squandered a chance to go ahead when De Bruyne missed a penalty following a handball by Joe Gomez.
Following this action packed first half, the two sides cancelled each other out after the break and things ended all square.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Ederson (GK) – 6/10 – A couple of sloppy moments, including one howler, went unpunished.
Kyle Walker (RB) – 4/10 – Very clumsy for the penalty. Like, really clumsy. Awful. Almost made a second fatal error as well.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 7/10 – The game was a real test of his mettle and he stood up well.
Aymeric Laporte (CB) – 7/10 – After a shaky start he recovered and looked solid. Completed four clearances.
Joao Cancelo (LB) – 8/10 – Stoic defensively, registering three tackles in the first half alone. Some great deliveries as well, one of which Jesus should have converted.
Kevin de Bruyne (CM) – 7/10 – Did not expect him to miss that penalty. Always looked his side’s most dangerous player, providing the assist for City’s goal.
Rodri (CM) – 5/10 – Swamped by Liverpool’s high press early on. Grew into things as the game progressed but still looked occasionally like a vulnerability.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 6/10 – Kept possession fairly well. Also made several important tackles.
Ferran Torres (RW) – 5/10 – Had very little joy before being replaced by Bernardo Silva.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 8/10 – His turn may have been a fluke but my word, didn’t it look great? Lovely finish as well.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – 6/10 – A couple of bright moments. Perhaps should have won a foul a few moments before Liverpool’s opener.
Bernardo Silva – 5/10 – Entered the game at its tensest stage. Not a great deal he was able to do.
5. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Alisson (GK) – 7/10 – Not a huge amount to do all in all despite the nature of the game. Perhaps he got inside of De Bruyne’s head for the penalty?
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 7/10 – Came so close to scoring just before the break. Worrying for England that he limped off after an hour.
Joel Matip (CB) – 7/10 – Gomez’s fourth centre-back partner in as many games. It was a good return for Matip – hopefully this is a partnership that sticks.
Joe Gomez (CB) – 5/10 – Unfortunate to be penalised by the new handball law. Had a few communication issues with Matip early on but settled as the game progressed.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – 7/10 – Offered great thrust down the left. Torres barely got a sniff all game as well.
Jordan Henderson (CM) – 7/10 – A very busy afternoon. He was forced to cover a lot of ground and mopped things up nicely.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 7/10 – Linked things very nicely, rarely being dispossessed and keeping the ball better than any other Reds player.
Roberto Firmino (AM) – 5/10 – On paper, fielding the Brazilian in a free role sounded great. Execution was underwhelming with Firmino often choosing the wrong option.
Diogo Jota (RW) – 6/10 – Disciplined in his defensive work, sitting in when he had to. A little bit wasteful in possession.
Mo Salah (ST) – 7/10 – Showed good composure to score from the spot. Relatively quiet after that.
Sadio Mané (LW) – 8/10 – Did well to win the penalty, though Walker definitely did not have to make the challenge. Mane was, as ever, Liverpool’s brightest attacking outlet.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 6/10 – Not really involved. Liverpool spent majority of their time defending during his time on the pitch.
James Milner – 7/10 – Mr Reliable stepped up to the plate to replace the injured Alexander-Arnold.