Riyad Mahrez skied a late penalty to preserve both Liverpool and Manchester City’s unbeaten starts to the Premier League season.
In a game between two heavyweights of the English game that was expected to produce a blockbuster ninety minutes, it was a shock to many at the lack of clear cut chances produced throughout.
Liverpool started the game largely on the front foot, with their traditional high pressing game forcing the away side to sloppily concede possession in their own half on multiple occasions.
However, the Reds’ were unable to turn their early dominance into crafting any meaningful chances. Salah’s 4th minute effort was the closest they came to breaking the deadlock as the Egyptian dragged his left footed shot wide of the post.
Having survived the early onslaught of pressure, City soon grew more into the game and started to dominate possession and dictate the tempo of the game.
Despite failing to get a clear sight of goal, Pep Guardiola’s side could feel aggrieved that they weren’t awarded a penalty midway through the half. Joe Gomez’s sliced clearance led to Dejan Lovren hacking at Sergio Aguero’s feet and sending the Argentinian down for a tumble in the area. Fortunately for Liverpool, the City players’ protests were waved away by Martin Atkinson.
Proceedings in the second half didn’t fare too much better for spectators. Riyad Mahrez provided the only real spark in the game, as the Algerian international saw two low driven efforts from the right hand side go close.
Just when it seemed like the top of the table clash was going to peter out into a disappointing draw, Atkinson finally awarded City a spot kick as Virgil van Dijk needlessly slid in on Leroy Sane.
With the chance to end Manchester City’s 15 year wait for a win at Anfield, Mahrez blasted the ball high of Alisson’s goal to keep the game scoreless.
This result means Liverpool and Manchester City join Chelsea tied at the top of the Premier League table heading into the international break, all on 20 points.