By Mick Moran – @m1cklfc
We just fell short.
The less that can be said about that first 45 minutes the better. We were absolutely dreadful all over. But that second half. Oh yeah, that’s the Liverpool I love, that’s the Reds of last season.
We hammered City from the start of that second half and we looked like we were going to win it in the 90 after big Joel got the equaliser. Unfortunately a miraculous Kyle Walker clearance stopped that from happening but we roll on and into the new season.
Massive positives to be taken. Here’s how the Reds rated…
Simon Mignolet-esque (soz, Simon) handling for City’s first goal, a shot you definitely expect a ‘keeper of his quality to save but he made a few solid stops just after the first goal to keep it at 1-0. Didn’t have much else so I suppose we can let the beautiful Brazilian b***ard off with it. Didn’t have much else to do. Probably should have saved Zinchenko’s penalty, though.
City targeted the ball over the top in the first 20 minutes and Trent was their main target. Sane (until he went off injured) and then Sterling had quite a lot of joy against him in the first half with their speed. His set-pieces today were poor. His corners and free-kicks into the box had too much on them and gave us no chance to make anything of them. Came off for Matip after 67 minutes.
His extra speed in place of Matip was probably the reason he was picked for this game. He did well marshalling Sterling when he could. Moved to right-back when Trent came off for Matip and looked very solid throughout.
Solid Virg. Won all his headers as per usual and kept City at bay as much as he could. Was only half-a-balls width from getting us back into the game during the second half. Great assist for Matip’s equaliser.
Always a willing runner down the left. Not Robbo’s best game in terms of attacking prowess but he kept Bernardo Silva particularly quiet.
Some good defensive covering for Trent and a willing runner forward to help Salah down the right but was limited in terms of going forward due to City’s tight-knit midfield.
Very neat and tidy as you expect of Fabinho. Didn’t manage to influence the game as much as he’d like but stifled City’s attack when required. Came off on 67 minutes for Naby Keita.
Very busy throughout and kept us ticking over. Not much else to say about Gini. He’s had better games. Missing his pen summed up his day to be honest.
Our best and most lively player on the day. Two good chances for Mo in the first 30 mins – but a player of his quality you expect him to score at least one of them. Had Zinchenko on toast in the first half and had a great chance to score from one particular opportunity but probably should have squared it rather than trying his luck. Hit the post during the second half and a great chance at the end which Walker clears off the line. He’ll be frustrated with himself for not putting at least one of them away.
Very busy performance from Firmino, he worked tirelessly. Great play in the first half when he turned the City defence before playing Mo in behind and he probably should have finished the chance.
Very much the same as Firmino. Some good passages of play and some good footwork down the left to win us a couple of free kicks. Came off for Ox towards the end.
Came on and got himself on the ball whenever he could and got stuck into City’s midfield and very looked lively.
Big f***ing Joel Matip with the equaliser. Came on and looked boss. Wouldn’t surprise me if he starts next Friday against Norwich.
Not enough time to impact to really impact the game enough. Great penno, though.
Same as Shaq. Good penalty scored.
Same as Shaq. Boss penalty.