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Manchester City vs Liverpool: The Clash of the Premier League Titans ends all square

It’s always a blockbuster Premier League evening when Manchester City take on Liverpool. The two teams have run the show in the Premier League for the last 3 years and that does not look to be changing. City won the 17/18 league title in style. This was followed by the greatest title race in Premier League history as City pried the title right out of Liverpool’s grasp in 18/19. Last season however Liverpool made a statement with a comfortable victory over Pep’s City team.

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Most people feel that the title usually boils down to these head to head clashes between the two giants. Recent seasons have proven that statement true. Not only is this a clash of two heavyweight teams, it is also a tactical battle between the two biggest managers in world football. So as the game kicked off under the lights at the Etihad, there was everything to play for. Liverpool came out of the blocks early with Firminho coming close in the first minute itself. City struggled to find their rhythm early on and Liverpool punished them in the 13th minute. Sadio Mane turned expertly away from Kyle Walker who was enticed into making a clumsy challenge in the box. Craig Pawson pointed to the spot and Mo Salah made no mistake.

This was a wake-up call for the men in blue and they upped their intensity. Just past the 30-minute mark Kevin De Bruyne threaded a pass through to Gabriel Jesus in the box. The Brazilian turned Alexander Arnold in an almost Bergkamp-like fashion and poked the ball past the advancing Alisson Becker. With the momentum in the favor of City now, Pep’s men began to threaten Liverpool. Their best chance of the game arrived just before half time when Craig Pawson pointed to the spot once more, this time in favor of City. De Bruyne stepped up once more for City but skewed his shot wide as Liverpool got away with one.

The second half was not as eventful as the first. Both teams proceeded with caution. Neither could afford defeat and that conservatism showed. With no goals in the second half, the game ended 1-1. Klopp will certainly be the happier of the two managers having clinched a draw away from home to their biggest rivals. The season has just begun and there is still a long way to go. But this could prove to be a very valuable point away from home for the defending champions. We now head into the international break. Managers get some time to rethink their strategies and players get a break from the pressure of weekly club football.

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