“Why we love this game”

Roy Keane had nothing negative to say after watching Manchester City and Liverpool play out their thrilling 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Sunday.

City maintained their narrow one-point advantage in the Premier League title race as both teams could not be separated in 90 minutes.

City and Liverpool were brilliant in their 2-2 draw

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City and Liverpool were brilliant in their 2-2 draw

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring for City after just five minutes.

Diogo Jota ensured neither goalkeeper won a clean sheet as he equalized just eight minutes later.

City regained the lead in the 35th minute as Gabriel Jesus fired home.

And Sadio Mane equalized again early in the second half.

Despite attacking substitutions and chances for both teams, neither found a winner and the match ended 2-2.

Asked if he felt the game lived up to the billing, Keane said on Sky: “Yeah absolutely.


De Bruyne opened the scoring after just five minutes

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De Bruyne opened the scoring after just five minutes

Mane made it 2-2 early in the second half

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Mane made it 2-2 early in the second half

“I think the quality, and what impressed me with all these great quality players was the desire to keep going to try and win the game at the end.

“Odds, no team was ever going to really dominate the game for long periods because there was so much quality on both sides.

“Liverpool struggled to start but in the second half they showed their character.

“We saw at the start of the second half, Jurgen Klopp obviously tried them at half-time and said, ‘Listen, you have to start showing your true colors.

“We saw that in the second half, but City also had some great chances.

Keane is often critical, but had nothing negative to say after this game

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Keane is often critical, but had nothing negative to say after this game

“It was just a great reminder for all of us of what this game is, that’s why we love this game, I thought it was fantastic.

“I really enjoyed it and I thank all the players, I thought they were fantastic.”

City boss Pep Guardiola must have regretted missed chances after a more dominant first half from the hosts.

The Spanish boss believes the points share means Liverpool are still “alive” in the title race, with City just a point clear.

“It was a fantastic game for both sides and both teams are trying to win every game in all competitions,” Guardiola said.

Guardiola and Klopp have immense respect for each other despite their clubs' fierce title rivalry

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Guardiola and Klopp have immense respect for each other despite their clubs’ fierce title rivalry

“I had the feeling that with this result we missed an opportunity, a feeling that we let them live.

“But I told the team that I didn’t want a second of sadness. I’m so happy and happy with the way we played. We were ourselves, we performed incredibly well and unfortunately we didn’t we couldn’t win. Overall it was a good performance, so happy and happy for my team.

On the title hunt, with seven games remaining in the season, Guardiola added: “Winning, losing or drawing it won’t end, I had the feeling before but both teams knew it was extremely important and we we played for it.

“We know that in this moment, a game lost, we will not be champions, we know that if we lose [points] we will not be champions. Now we know that if we give up, we’ll miss something.

“They also have to win every game, but today all the City and Liverpool fans will see that both teams tried to win the game. I think it’s good to say that. I was watching the shots, we attack they attack with our weapons and that’s good for football.

The Premier League title race will go all the way this season

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The Premier League title race will go all the way this season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken a similar pragmatic approach to his title chances.

Asked if the Reds should now win their remaining seven matches, having won ten consecutive league victories before this draw, the Reds boss replied: “Yes, I think that’s probably true.

“We knew in January if we wanted to win we had to win 18 games, if there was one game we could draw it’s today. Now we have two massive games, Benfica [in the Champions League] and the FA Cup [semi-final] with City and then it really starts.

“We’re where we want to be, close to an amazing team, and I’ve said many times that if you’re unlucky in life, you’re screwed. We need the right decisions and we have to to be this close to perfection to win seven Premier League games Insane, but it’s the only way to beat this team, even if it’s enough.

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