Liverpool 2-2 Man City: De Bruyne denied the Reds, as 4 goals scored in 22 minutes | EPL 2021-22

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Joao Cancelo of Manchester City
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Joao Cancelo of Manchester City

Liverpool and Manchester City shared a point after an exciting Premier League contest ended in a 2-2 draw.

The first was rather quiet as both sides hardly created any chances except Kevin de Bruyne’s missed header.

However, the second half turned out to be an enthralling one as the two heavyweights exhibited their attacking qualities.

The epic encounter came alive after a goalless first hour

Sadio Mane opened the account for the Reds before Phil Foden cancelled it out with an equaliser.

Jurgen Klopp’s side went up once again after in-form Mohamed Salah found the back of the nets, thus continuing his impressive goal-scoring run this season.

While the Reds could have thought they had another three points in the bag, Kevin de Bruyne threw cold water over their hopes with a stunning equaliser in the 81st minute, which also marked his first goal of this season.

Salah with a phenomenal display

Mohamed Salah has been in some form this season, and he is the main reason behind Liverpool’s dominance across all formats. Today, he once again exhibited his world-class abilities against the defending champions. The Egyptian scored a goal and an assist, and his name would have easily made the headlines if not for De Bruyne’s late equaliser. With today’s strike against Man City, Salah has scored in all of his last seven games for the Reds. Salah can be easily considered as one of the best forwards in the world at the moment, and to a greater extent, he is the best player in the Premier League.

Kevin de Bruyne crashes the party for the Reds

It would have been a huge result for Klopp’s side if De Bruyne’s hadn’t stood in their way. The Belgian was dormant in the first half as he had been in the Premier League this season. But he returned to his best after the break and grabbed the headlines for scoring a stunning equaliser. De Bruyne was the one who initiated the counterattack, and he arrived at the right time to unleash a precise left-footed strike. The Reds failed to move ahead of table leaders Chelsea meanwhile City have climbed to the third place. Guardiola would be relieved to share the spoils after his side succumbed to a heavy defeat against PSG in the Champions League. On the other hand, the Reds remain unbeaten across all competitions this season.

Milner lucky to avoid a second booking

James Milner, who was booked for bringing down Phil Foden in the first half, escaped second booking when he brought down Bernardo Silva. He was quickly replaced by Jurgen Klopp with Gomez to avoid the second yellow. 

The incident was not received well by City coach Guardiola, as he was furious with the referee for letting Milner go unpunished. Guardiola later received a yellow for his antics at the sideline, as Salah provided a 2-1 lead at 76th minute.

Manchester City fans were also looking for a possible penalty when Milner tripped Foden in the first half. The video showed he touched Foden outside the penalty area.