Defensive mistakes allow Man City to snatch Anfield point

Premier League
Sunday 26 August 2012 - 4:00 pm
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Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

Liverpool gave away 2 points at Anfield with two sloppy defensive errors, which took the edge off a good opening home performance.

Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Raheem Sterling was handed his league debut for the reds after an impressive appearance mid-week in the Europa League.  Sebastian Coates replaced the suspended Daniel Agger.

The first 10 minutes of the game were scrappy - neither side able to sustain any extended period of possession.

This was no doubt not helped by the departure of Lucas Leiva through injury after just four minutes.  Jonjo Shelvey came on to replace the Brazilian.

However as the game settled down - it was Liverpool who were dictating the play.  Sterling was hugely impressive for the reds - causing the City defence plenty of trouble as he combined well both with Glen Johnson behind him - and with Luis Suarez alongside him.

Joe Allen too was giving another assured display - the ease with which the young Welshman has fitted in to the Liverpool midfield has been impressive.

In the 34th minute Liverpool got the breakthrough that they deserved.  A Steven Gerrard corner in front of the Kop was met full force with Martin Skrtel's head and his bullet header nearly ripped a hole in the net.

Early in the second half Borini made a rare dart forward - however Suarez failed to convert the chance - firing wide.

In the 63rd minute Liverpool let City back in.  Tevez sent in a cross - Reina flapped at it and it bounced off Kelly in to the path of Yaya Toure who equalised.

Moments later and the reds won a free kick outside City's penalty box.  Luis Suarez sent a delicious curler around the wall and past Joe Hart in the corner of the goal. 2-1!

Then with 10 minutes to go - Man City snatched their point.  Under no pressure, Martin Skrtel played a backpass to Reina - but Tevez was on hand to intercept and rounded Pepe to make it 2-2.

Andy Carroll was given another late cameo but the reds run out of time.

It was a decent performance from Liverpool - but for the second consecutive league game, defensive errors have hurt the reds.

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