Liverpool and Manchester City shared the points as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Mohamed Salah scored a wonderful solo goal to put the Reds 2-1 up before Kevin De Bruyne scored a deflected equaliser late on.
Sadio Mane’s 99th Premier League goal had given the hosts an early second-half lead only for the excellent Phil Foden to get City back on level terms.
Liverpool paid the price for failing to make the most of their better start and were grateful to reach half-time still on level terms, thanks in no small part to goalkeeper Alisson.
The Brazil international blocked Foden’s effort after a brilliant run by Bernardo Silva from the halfway line after escaping the close attention of Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson.
Alisson also came to James Milner’s rescue late in the half when Foden, who had already induced his marker to get booked for hauling him back and also gone down unsuccessfully claiming a penalty for a challenge by the veteran, raced clear from Ederson’s long pass.
In between Liverpool also inexplicably gave away a large number of shooting opportunities to De Bruyne, the easiest being a far-post header from another Foden cross which the Belgium international should have buried.
7 – Mohamed Salah has now scored in each of his last seven appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, equalling his longest scoring streak for the Reds (last achieved in April 2018). Unstoppable.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2021
The hosts were missing the attacking outlet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, out with a groin problem, and with Milner tied up with Foden and City cutting off the passing channels, the in-form Salah was barely in the game as Jurgen Klopp’s side found themselves smothered in their own half.
The closest they came to a shot on target was when Ederson almost allowed a Ruben Dias backpass to cross the goalline and it left Klopp needing to effect a reboot at half-time.
The Reds did improve, which led to the opening goal in the 59th minute when a brilliant counter-attack saw Salah side-step Joao Cancelo out on the touchline and release Mane who raced through to finish clinically.
Former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling replaced Jack Grealish, to a chorus of boos, but it was Foden who made the impact by slotting home an angled shot at the end of a crossfield move as Gabriel Jesus cut in off the right.
Guardiola exploded in rage when Milner’s touchline challenge on the charging Silva did not result in a second yellow card, and Klopp was forced to replace the stand-in right-back with Joe Gomez.
But not before Salah produced his moment of individual brilliance in turning City’s defence inside-out.
The visitors, to their credit, pushed back and when De Bruyne was left unmarked once too often in the penalty area he converted left-footed from Foden’s cut-back, his shot deflecting in off Joel Matip.
Fabinho had a chance to snatch it with three minutes to go only to be denied at the far post by the sliding Rodri after Ederson came for a Salah cross and missed.
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