Liverpool battled to a 1-1 draw against league leaders Manchester City during Sunday’s clash.
Vincent Kompany put Mancini’s men ข่าวลิเวอร์พูล ahead before his defending partner, Joleon Lescott, drew the Reds level within minutes via an own goal.
Liverpool dominated possession and looked the more potent of the contenders for large parts of the encounter, but City held on to earn a draw.
Manchester City’s record at Liverpool going into this game made bleak reading; they hadn’t won in their last 8 visits to Anfield, a record that includes 6 defeats and 2 draws. However they were unbeaten in the league leading up to this eagerly anticipated fixture. Liverpool had also put a string of results together, The Reds unbeaten in 9 coming into this game.
Earlier before kick off, tragic news broke of the sudden death of Welsh legend Gary Speed and Kenny Dalglish took the decision to leave Craig Bellamy out of the squad, sending him home. Saying: “It was best for us to make the decision for Craig. He was very close to Gary, who was a mentor to him, and he admired and looked up to him.” A minutes silenced was preserved within Anfield before kick off for both Speed and Brad Jones’ son Luca, who recently lost his battle to leukaemia.
There were two changes to the side that beat Chelsea on Liverpool’s last outing, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing came in for Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy. Record signing Andy Carroll found himself on the bench for the second week after his double heroics against the same opposition last season, opening the Englishman’s Liverpool account.
The visitors started brighter of the two, retaining possession and also threatening to take the lead through Yaya Toure. But his rash effort cleared the bar.
A weak back pass by Jose Enrique then nearly allowed Sergio Aguero to capitalise until Reina rushed off his line to clear the danger. The Spaniard’s title as a ‘sweeper keeper’ was clearly evident.
In the 30th minute came the breakthrough. Kompany glanced a pacey, whipped in corner from David Silva to give City somewhat a deserved lead. But within 2 minutes the lead was cancelled, a long range effort from Charlie Adam seemed to be angling wide, but for a touch from Joleon Lescott diverting the ball into the goal, leaving ‘keeper Joe Hart wrong footed and scrambling.
The goal gave Liverpool some much-needed impetus and nearly snatched a second within a matter of minutes of the restart. Luis Suarez put through Dirk Kuyt with a clever pass but the Dutchman never had the legs to get past Clichy, with the Frenchman sending him wide. But the chance had not passed, Kuyt cutely found Charlie Adam once again on the edge of the area, the Scotsman’s first time shot with his less favoured right foot was smartly stopped by the tip of Joe Hart’s foot.