The clash unfolded in the 13th week of the Premier League, marking a high-stakes encounter between the two football powerhouses on Saturday evening (25/11/2023).
Erling Haaland ignited cheers from the Etihad Stadium crowd in the 27th minute, striking a decisive blow to secure a 1-0 lead for Manchester City by the end of the first half.
However, Liverpool showcased resilience in the second half. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goal in the 80th minute leveled the score at 1-1, ensuring that the battle concluded with both teams sharing the spoils.
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This drawn result puts an end to Manchester City’s perfect record at the Etihad Stadium, where they had previously secured victories in 23 consecutive home matches across all competitions. The last time City failed to secure three points at home was in a 1-1 draw against Everton on December 31, 2022. Notably, Liverpool becomes the first team in 2023 to wrestle points away from Manchester City at the Etihad.
Trent Alexander-Arnold expressed his satisfaction with Liverpool’s draw at the home of Manchester City, emphasizing an improved performance compared to the previous season’s 1-4 defeat at the same venue.
“This is undoubtedly an improvement from last season. Historically, we haven’t had many positive outcomes here. At least we’ve secured a point,” Trent remarked after the Man City vs. Liverpool match, as reported by BBC.
“While it wasn’t an extraordinary performance from all of us, we managed to secure a point. That’s a positive – we actually had a chance to win the game,” he added.
The single-point addition doesn’t alter the positions of both teams in the Premier League standings, with Manchester City maintaining their lead with 29 points, and Liverpool trailing closely with 28 points.