The Star (Jamaica)

Liverpool, City in thrilling 2-2 draw

- LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

Mohamed Salah weaved through player after player, resisting challenges and bamboozlin­g the defence before coolly placing the ball in the corner of the net.

“It is pure world- class,” Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said. “What a player.”

Anfield had only five minutes to celebrate and savour the Liverpool striker’s individual brilliance before Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected strike drew Manchester City level for a second time.

A second half of high quality saw the winners of the last two Premier League titles draw 2-2 yesterday after Rodri made a late interventi­on to prevent Fabinho scoring a winner for Liverpool.

It was Salah’s work that created the opening goal in the 59th minute. Receiving the ball inside his own half, the Egypt forward brushed off João

Cancelo’s half- hearted attempt at a challenge and drove forward as Aymeric Laporte backed off.

Sadio Mane arrived in the penalty area to receive the ball slipped in by Salah and he struck across goalkeeper Ederson into the net.

“We trained for that ball a lot in training,” Salah said, “and we try to do it in game.”

The combinatio­n worked, but the lead lasted only 10 minutes. Gabriel Jesus was able to go past Curtis Jones as he cut in from the left, before setting up for Foden to equalise in front of the Kop with his first league goal of the season.

The moment of brilliance from Salah came in the 76th as he jinked his way into the penalty area, skipping past City players and undeterred by a push on his back from Foden, before restoring Liverpool’s lead by striking past Ederson into the far corner.

But Liverpool’s failure to tighten up at the back allowed De Bruyne to equalise in the 81st, helped by right back Kyle Walker’s work in the Liverpool penalty area splitting the home defence.

A high ball over the top from City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne on the halfway line reached Phil Foden on the left flank. Liverpool failed to clear the pass into the penalty area from Foden and De

Bruyne was primed to unleash a curling shot that was helped into the net via a deflection off Joel Matip.

Liverpool, though, remain the only unbeaten team of the title challenger­s. The 2020 champions are a point behind Chelsea after seven games, while City are a further point behind in third but level on points with Manchester United, Everton and Brighton.

 ?? AP ?? Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League match against Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, yesterday.
AP Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League match against Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, yesterday.

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