On Sunday, the 2018/19 Premier League champs Manchester City played host to those of 2019/20, Liverpool, at the Etihad Arena in the eighth round of the English leading flight.
It was an interesting contest in a number of aspects, though perhaps not as dynamic and vibrant (for the greatest part) as many would have anticipated from one between teams led by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Ederson vs Alisson
These 2 teams, naturally, boast the 2 goalkeepers from the Brazilian national team in their ranks, and the two sets of fans have been quarreling for several years about which one of them is the much better one. The only guy who has the high-end of picking in between them for his team, Brazil coach Tite, has actually primarily chosen Alisson Becker in between the posts, however it’s fair to state that Ederson Moraes is world class himself.
Be that as it might, the two shot-stoppers both had an excellent video game, reacting incredibly well in some difficult situations and with their existence injecting big dosages of self-confidence into their respective colleagues. And when it comes to the quarrels in between supporters, neither of them seemed very bothered about them as they walked off the pitch after the final whistle, hugging and speaking in absolutely nothing however friendly style, and showing a warm and considerate relationship in between two strong competitors, both at club and worldwide level.
Gabriel Jesus delivers
Plenty has been said in current months about City’s assaulting choices, and how they have actually been affected by the injury absence of Sergio Aguero.
Gabriel Jesus, signed from Palmeiras in January 2017 as a most likely long-term follower to Aguero, has actually typically seemed to do not have a little something of Aguero’s luster, as gifted as he obviously is. However on Sunday he played an excellent video game and scored a dazzling goal, setting the score level in the 31 st minute.
He was a continuous handful for the opposition defence, and he came very near to turning the video game around totally in the 2nd half as he acquired a good cross from Joao Cancelo however sent his totally free header large of the target.
The return of Joel Matip from injury was certainly a welcome sight for Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool supporters, particularly in the light of the injury which is set to keep Virgil van Dijk out for the rest of the season.
The only elements where Liverpool do appear to miss out on Van Dijk at this moment is long passing from the back and attacking set-pieces. Neither Gomez nor Matip are quite as capable of establishing Sadio Hair or Mohamed Salah with 60- backyard pin-point accuracy as Van Dijk is, nor do they pose as much hazard in the opposition box from corners.
However when all stated and done, Liverpool have actually survived a really congested patch because the Netherlands captain fell out of the picture, winning 5 times in all competitions prior to this match.
Both sides had actually a charge provided versus them in this match, and both felt hard done by the authorities on the particular events.
However, the penalty choice itself at the other end can not be smartly disputed. Hair had overcome Kyle Walker inside package, and the City fullback reacted too hastily as he brought him down.
When it comes to the one given to City, it was probably the best call too. Kevin De Bruyne whipped his cross in and caught Gomez on the hand, and even though the Liverpool centre-back appeared to have been attempting to move it out of the method, he wasn’t quick enough and his hand did increase the width of his body as a challenge. Luckily for him and his group, De Bruyne dragged his low shot from the spot just wide of the target.
Firmino and Jota
One of the points increasingly discussed in the days leading up to the match was whether Klopp must stick with the off-form Roberto Firmino in attack or put the Brazil forward on the bench in favour of the astonishing Diogo Jota.
Can Firmino have fun with Jota? It appears he can, though one video game, whether it protest Manchester City or not, is hardly a correct sample size for this idea to be evaluated. On the other hand, much will depend upon the state of the players, not simply these two, when they return from global task in 2 weeks. With midfielder Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara both most likely to return already too, it stays to be seen what option Klopp makes when the campaign resumes.
Be that as it may, the point won hereby matches the Merseysiders much better than City, given the current table standings.