Manchester City hosted Liverpool in a crucial game in the race for top four. Both sets of players were fully committed for 90-minutes as the game went from end-to-end. How the scoreline ended 1-1 will always remain a mystery.
Here’s how City’s players rated in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool…
Willy Caballero – 7
The Argentinian keeper, preferred to Claudio Bravo had a good afternoon, saving all that came his way, from open play. He was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet due to a debatable penalty.
Fernandinho – 7
Playing in an unusual right-back role, the Brazilian coped well before being moved into his more familiar midfield position. He maintains the balance for City, a side full of attacking players.
John Stones – 7
The Englishman is often criticised but he put his body on the line and positioned himself excellently when Liverpool broke away.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Like Stones, the Argentinian has his haters, but Otamendi looked assured in partnership with John Stones.
Gael Clichy – 5
Clichy had a torrid afternoon defensively with Sadio Mane running at him all day and he gave away a penalty for a debatable challenge on Roberto Firmino.
Yaya Toure – 6
In a holding role on his own, Toure was given the run around by Liverpool and was lucky not to be sent off for a challenge on Emre Can. Toure was subbed in the second half and he looked absolutely shattered.
Kevin de Bruyne – 7
The Belgian midfielder played slightly deeper against Liverpool to accommodate a roaming David Silva, yet, de Bruyne was still a driving force in the midfield and was impressive in patches.
David Silva – 8
Silva was allowed to roam around all afternoon and this caused Liverpool’s defence nightmares. He found himself in the pocket and played numerous through balls. He could have also had a goal early on in the game.
Raheem Sterling – 7
The former Liverpool man gave James Milner a few problems on the right wing but never really got his compatriot on the back foot. Sterling was brave to latch onto a through ball from David Silva as Simon Mignolet charged out at him but the Englishman could only steer it wide.
Leroy Sane – 7
The German has been in fine form recently but struggled to make anything happen against Liverpool. Sane was often marshalled by two players and Nathaniel Clyne did well to contain him.
Sergio Aguero – 8
Aguero was quiet in terms of contributing to the build-up play but managed to get on the scoresheet and could have had a few more as he got t0o much on a low cross, putting it into the side netting, and skied a volley late on.
Bacary Sagna (sub 64′) – 7
The Frenchman came on for Yaya Toure as Pep Guardiola had a little tactical reshuffle and Sagna found himself free down the right-hand side a few times, whipping in numerous dangerous crosses.
Fernando (sub 82′) – 6
The Brazilian had very little time to impact the outcome of the result but did nothing of note in the minutes he was granted.
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