Supporters of both Liverpool and Manchester City have to content themselves with a share of the spoils as poor finishing cost both sides the opportunity to pick up valuable points.
The score draw at the Etihad was a vibrant affair, as it so often is between Liverpool and Manchester City. The hosts started the brighter of the two sides and the Reds were lucky to escape the opening 15 minutes unscathed.
Innate to the Premier League’s irresistible nature, controversy was never far off as several penalty shouts were turned down in the first half and Yaya Toure wasn’t sent off for a challenge which nearly saw Emre Can force fed the Ivorian’s cleats.
Liverpool were painstakingly reminded of what they having missing as Raheem Sterling regularly burnt James Milner for pace but then also reminded supporters that, for £49 million, his finishing and decision-making are second rate.
It wasn’t until the 50th minute that things really swung in any one particular side’s favour. And that side was Liverpool. Gael Clichy tried to atone for his awful defensive positioning which saw Roberto Firmino sneak in behind by felling him like a dead tree. James Milner stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty and Liverpool led the hosts 1-0.
Their lead felt very artificial and likely to disappear as Man City turned on the pressure and scored just under twenty minutes later through Sergio Aguero. Liverpool and Man City both had golden opportunities to take the lead in the dying embers of the game with Adam Lallana and Sergio Aguero spurning their gilt-edged opportunities, with the former’s one that is likely to haunt him until Liverpool play Everton on April Fool’s Day.