Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool duked out a 1-1 draw on the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s equaliser cancelling out Erling Haaland’s landmark opener.
Alisson’s worst recreation in a Liverpool shirt arguably got here towards Metropolis two years in the past, with Sky Sports activities cruelly dubbing an error-strewn show: “Alisson in Blunderland”. Liverpool’s usually supreme shot-stopper strayed again in the direction of that nadir throughout a nervy opening half-hour.
Alisson’s fragile show was underscored by Ederson’s nerveless efficiency on the reverse finish, with Metropolis’s custodian threading one significantly outrageous move between two traces of crimson shirts to set his facet haring ahead within the first half.
Liverpool‘s primary had evaded a variety of heart-in-mouth moments earlier than ceding possession with a horribly sliced drop kick instantly earlier than Erling Haaland’s Twenty seventh-minute opener.
Alisson was on the lookout for Mohamed Salah’s breakaway run – a routine which has labored for Liverpool prior to now – but as a substitute offered Nathan Ake with the ball inside his group’s half. The Dutch defender deftly tiptoed between a crowd of crimson shirts earlier than sliding the ball throughout for Haaland to attain his fiftieth Premier League aim.
Whereas Haaland naturally stole the headlines with one more record-breaking aim, Bernardo Silva as soon as once more starred for Metropolis in a high-profile recreation.
Jeremy Doku, beginning rather than the absent Jack Grealish, wasn’t too shabby both.
Liverpool had loved the higher of a subdued second half however failed to noticeably check Ederson. Jurgen Klopp made two adjustments earlier than the hour mark nevertheless it was the hosts who thought that they had discovered the online within the 68th minute.
Ruben Dias turned the ball over the road from shut vary however Manuel Akanji was adjudged to have fouled Alisson by the on-pitch referee Chris Kavanagh. VAR Stuart Attwell agreed that there was no clear and apparent error and allowed the sport to swiftly proceed.
Inside ten minutes, Trent Alexander-Arnold legally discovered the again of the online to equalise for Liverpool. Simply 26 seconds earlier, Alisson had denied Haaland from shut vary after Doku wriggled unopposed down Alexander-Arnold’s flank.
After a tough afternoon – Alexander-Arnold had already been dribbled previous on 5 separate events when he took goal – Liverpool’s vice-captain muzzled his critics and an already subdued Etihad with a crisp drive into the underside nook. Fittingly, Alexander-Arnold put his finger to his lips in celebration.
An oddly sedate conflict between the division’s prime two ended with a short flare up between Darwin Nunez and Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola, with Klopp dragging his striker away on the ultimate whistle.
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