The champions weren’t at their best at Anfield but left with what could be a precious point

Manchester City weren’t at their best yesterday for large periods of their 1-all draw with Liverpool at Anfield. After a dominant start from Pep Guardiola’s side, the hosts seized control of the game after John Stones opener. While both teams had chances to take home three points they both had to settle for a draw at the final whistle. City weren’t at their best yesterday but it could be a precious point come season’s end.

Manchester City traditionally struggle at Anfield. Pep Guardiola’s side have only won once there since 2003. For whatever reason they can’t get control of games at the home of Liverpool. During Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s rivalry Liverpool has found a way to disturb City’s rhythm. Their pressing while being backed by the Anfield crowd always seems to give the world champions trouble. Yesterday’s game was no exception.

Manchester City did make a confident start yesterday. You do wonder if they did put away one of the host of early chances if the game would’ve played out differently. They were unable to capitalise on their early dominance which allowed Liverpool to grow into the game. After the champions took the lead through a wonderfully worked corner for John Stones to tap in they were on the back foot for large portions of yesterday’s game. The champions had to fight and scrap and ride their luck to leave Anfield with a point. City could’ve won the game if not for the woodwork but on the balance of play they were second best for large portions of the game.

But it isn’t all negative. A point gained at Anfield could be precious in the title race. At the final whistle they didn’t lose at a ground they traditionally struggle at. Yesterday’s draw also stretches City’s run to 21 games unbeaten. Pep Guardiola’s side are in the title race up to their eyeballs this campaign. A point gained at Anfield while not at their best may be looked upon as vital if they do go on to lift the Premier League for a record fourth consecutive occasion this season.

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