Man City-Liverpool player ratings: Goalscorers Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus impress hosts but Virgil van Dijk stays cool on the big stage | Soccer News

MAN CITY

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The average positions of Man City and Liverpool in their 2-2 draw

Ederson – 6

City’s No1 should have done better with Jota’s strike, which squirmed under him to put Liverpool back in the game at 1-1 and he almost handed the Portuguese striker another present soon after , terrifying City supporters with his laid back footwork straight into his own goal. -double. Was left exposed for Liverpool’s second.

Kyle Walker – 6

Brought down to the side but showed the best and worst of his game. In the first half his electric recovery pace was used to stop Salah and he was quick to stop a Robertson pass into the box. But early in the second half he was caught out of position for Mane’s goal when there was no turning back and another poor positioning almost allowed Salah to find Jota for a third.

John Stones – 6

Out of the squad in the first half of the season, Stones are back now and, with the absence of Ruben Dias, provided a solid performance in City’s backline on this big stage. Dealed well with the Liverpool threat in the first half and used his passing ability to spark several City attacks in the second.

Aymeric Laporte – 7

Laporte is having an impressive season for City and a crucial sliding tackle on Jota just before half-time was another highlight. It would have been some penalty and maybe a red if he was wrong. Hit the post seconds later when he was rightly flagged offside on a free-kick but some of the best defenders against Alexander-Arnold in the box and a block on a Salah shot after the break was a reminder of where they were his strengths.

Joao Cancelo – 7

Pep Guardiola kisses Joao Cancelo on the touchline
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Pep Guardiola kisses Joao Cancelo on the touchline

An attacking force on the left for Man City and it was another example of his wonderful passing range for the hosts’ second, bending the ball towards the back post for Jesus. Before that, he could have gotten an assist when De Bruyne fired into the side netting and a goal of his own when his deflected effort hit a post. Made a sleepy start to the second half and was lucky not to be punished, but overall another impressive display.

Bernardo Silva – 7

Another classy performance from the City orchestrator. His quick free-kick got them moving for the opening goal after his early pass gave Sterling a good chance. He had the most touches for City in the first half, nothing more elegant than the couple he used for kicks in his own half to get away from Henderson.

Rodri – 6

Covered plenty of ground in the center of the park against an energetic Liverpool midfielder, but a moment when precise control was needed let him down, with his header from a set-piece through Stones’ goal and just a missed opportunity. But did his main duties with distinction, as usual.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8

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Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected effort opens the scoring for Manchester City against Liverpool

A performance that reminded everyone – if necessary – why it is so highly rated. City’s star man got up and delivered in less than five minutes when his deflected strike flew off a post to send the defending champions forward. He had his head in his hands for the half hour he touched the side netting but repeatedly crossed the Liverpool lines and a tight offside call on Sterling and a miss from Mahrez denied him a pass decisive.

Phil Foden – 6

Foden gave James Milner nightmares on the left flank at Anfield, but he struggled to make the same kind of impact on Sunday against Alexander-Arnold. As elegant as ever on the ball, but when he came into Liverpool’s right-back, Matip was there to steer him away from the danger zone. Was unable to create a clear chance.

Rahim Sterling – 6

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Raheem Sterling’s goal disallowed for offside by VAR in Man City’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool

A near match for Sterling against his former club. He got back to form and he felt like he had his say today but wasted a one-on-one in the opening minutes and when he converted from a chance similar in the second half, he was slightly offside. Substituted for Mahrez with 15 players to play and feeling it wasn’t quite his day.

Gabriel Jesus – 8

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Jesus volleys past Alisson to give Manchester City a 2-1 lead

Do you think about it too much? Pep Guardiola’s surprise selection paid off in this one. Jesus, making his first Premier League start since New Year’s Day, hit the net off Cancelo’s excellent cross after a brilliantly timed run put him behind Alexander-Arnold. Prior to that, he put a chance on a plate for Sterling and saw a deflected penalty shout after being knocked down by Alisson. Saw a shot on goal blocked by Van Dijk in the second half and got carried away shooting into the side netting when better options were available but an impressive comeback.

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Riyadh Mahrez – 6

How lucky to win it! What a failure! Taken out by De Bruyne in the last seconds, he gets the wrong shot/lob. And that came after his free-kick clipped a post. Almost the hero…

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Mahrez free kick on the post

Jack Grealish – N/A

Had a moment, twisting and turning in the box, but will be frustrated that he didn’t get on sooner.

LIVERPOOL

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Alisson – 6

The frustrating life of a goalkeeper: Alisson pulled off a brilliant save from Sterling in five minutes on a one-on-one chance, but 39 seconds later a bad deflection gave him no hope with the opener of De Bruyne’s score. Couldn’t do much against Jesus’ close-range finish for City’s second place either.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

A real quality touch gave Jota the Liverpool equalizer – another fine assist to add to his collection. And he thought he could score a goal to make history when he spotted Ederson off his line, but his halfway effort was missed. Questions were asked about his defense when he was caught off guard by Jesus running behind for second place for City, with Sky Sports’ Roy Keane pointing to his body position but was generally solid on the back foot.

Joel Matip – 7

A reassuring presence in the Liverpool defense alongside Alexander-Arnold to help eliminate any threat from Foden or, later, Grealish. His deflection gave Alisson no chance for the opener – could he have gone out to the man of the town quicker? – but gave Liverpool a good base against that talented attacking side of Guardiola.

Virgil van Dijk – 8

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Van Dijk Blocks Jesus’ Effort

A late booking for a cynical foul on De Bruyne erased his notebook after what was an otherwise typically elegant centre-back display. Whether he swept away a Walker cross aimed at Foden early on, blocked a goal-bound shot from Jesus or stifled Sterling’s run to goal with pace, positioning and timing in the tackle, Van Dijk did it all with an air of composure who denied the occasion.

Andy Robertson – 6

Combined with Alexander-Arnold in the build-up to Jota’s equalizer and booked for knocking out De Bruyne on the touchline to sum up the mix of quality and bite he brings to this team. Another reliable display on the big stage from the Scotsman.

Fabinho – 5

Not at its best and sometimes late. It was too easy for De Bruyne to get into space and trigger his shot for City’s opener, gave the ball to Rodri whose own ricochet was passed and beaten by Jesus into the box when the shot from his compatriot was blocked by Van Dijk. He had to eliminate Silva when the man in town walked away from him.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Lots of energy but lack of finesse in the captain of Liverpool. He played a few balls over the top in the first half as Liverpool struggled to gain control but finally got through just before the break, although Jota failed to make the most of it. Substituted in the second half.

Thiago – 6

He had to wait 10 minutes for his first touch after City’s dominating start, but an outrageous change of play at Alexander-Arnold in the build-up to Liverpool’s first goal got him started. Never one to back down from a fight, he was booked for taking down De Bruyne in midfield may have been lucky not to get another yellow when he grabbed the town man again after being pulled back by Rodri. Helped the Reds take control of this area of ​​the pitch at times in the game.

Mohammad Salah – 7

Came into the game with questions about his form and was hardly in the game in the first half but for a blistering run past Laporte which was covered by Walker. But he showed his play was more than just second-half goals, blasting a perfectly weighted pass into Mane’s path to make it 2-2. “What a pass,” Gary Neville said in a co-comment. A trademark left-footed curler was blocked by Laporte to extend his wait for a goal in open play, but made his impact with that assist.

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Diogo Jota equalizes Liverpool through Trent Alexander-Arnold reduction

Diogo Jota – 7

Jota has regularly been Liverpool’s man for the big occasion and, starting ahead of the electric Luis Diaz, delivered again on Sunday when he was perfectly placed and composed enough to score his 21st goal of the season. Barely had a kick after that – although he nearly forced an error from Ederson – and made way on 70 minutes for Diaz as Liverpool looked for inspiration late.

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Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane combine to equalize for Liverpool against Manchester City

Sadio Mane – 7

Like the rest of Liverpool’s front three, Mane saw little of the ball in the first half but needed less than a minute to make his mark early in the second, rushing behind Walker to convert the excellent pass of Salah. A great way to mark 30 years!

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Louis Diaz – 6

Over the last 20 minutes but unable to come up with a magical moment like the ones we’ve seen from him since his arrival in January.

Naby Keïta – N/A

In the closing stages for Henderson, but was unable to give the Liverpool midfielder the extra push to find a dramatic winner.

Roberto Firmino – N/A

Sent off for the final six minutes but didn’t get his big chance.

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