Liverpool 2-2 Man City: Mohamed Salah scores incredible solo goal

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Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season

Kevin de Bruyne's deflected late equaliser gave Manchester City a fully deserved point after a moment of genius by Mohamed Salah looked to have earned Liverpool victory in an Anfield thriller.

Reigning champions City and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were each hoping to take over from Chelsea at the top of the table, but this result means Thomas Tuchel's side stay clear at the Premier League summit.

City dominated the first half but wasted a host of chances and were punished when Sadio Mane was the beneficiary of more Salah brilliance to apply a clinical finish to put Liverpool ahead after 59 minutes.

Liverpool's lead lasted just 10 minutes until Phil Foden, who tormented the struggling James Milner throughout, took a pass from Gabriel Jesus and fired a low, angled finish across Alisson at the Kop end.

City manager Pep Guardiola was nursing an understandable sense of injustice after Milner somehow escaped a second yellow card for blatantly upending Bernardo Silva, before Anfield exploded in joy after 76 minutes when Salah slalomed his way beyond a succession of City defenders to power home a stunning finish.

City's performance merited at least a point and secured it when De Bruyne's shot took a deflection off Joel Matip to beat Alisson with nine minutes left.

The Reds should have won it with five minutes remaining but Fabinho's goalbound shot was kept out by Rodri's sensational block.

Peerless Salah lifts Liverpool

Liverpool have bullied City at Anfield in the past but the tables were turned here in the first half, the champions dominating possession and pinning the hosts back in a manner rarely seen under Klopp in recent seasons.

Klopp's side needed a spark to return to at least something like their normal selves and it was talisman Salah who provided it with a virtuoso second-half performance.

The Egyptian first of all showed his class to set up Mane for a goal that was against the overall run of play but was the result of Liverpool increasing the pace at the start of the second half. Salah's run and pass was sheer perfection and his attacking partner gratefully accepted the invitation to finish in style.

And after the excellent Foden drew City level, Salah scored a goal that will live long in the memory as he twisted and turned in between a host of City defenders before lashing an unstoppable finish past Ederson.

It was a goal worthy of winning any match, but in reality Liverpool could not complain at only getting a point as they struggled to exert their authority.

Salah's masterclass, however, showed once again that he truly belongs among the game's elite.

More to follow.

Player of the match

Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah

with an average of 7.66

Liverpool

  1. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

  2. Squad number10Player nameMané

  3. Squad number1Player nameAlisson

  4. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson

  6. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

  7. Squad number32Player nameMatip

  8. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino

  9. Squad number3Player nameFabinho

  10. Squad number12Player nameGomez

  11. Squad number14Player nameHenderson

  12. Squad number17Player nameJones

  13. Squad number7Player nameMilner

Manchester City

  1. Squad number47Player nameFoden

  2. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

  3. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne

  4. Squad number16Player nameRodri

  5. Squad number31Player nameEderson

  6. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias

  7. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo

  8. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus

  9. Squad number2Player nameWalker

  10. Squad number14Player nameLaporte

  11. Squad number7Player nameSterling

  12. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 7MilnerBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGomezat 78'minutes
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14Henderson
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 83mins
  • 17Jones
  • 11Salah
  • 20JotaBooked at 65minsSubstituted forFirminoat 68'minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 8Keïta
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 26mins
  • 14Laporte
  • 27CanceloBooked at 56mins
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 77mins
  • 16Rodri
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forSterlingat 66'minutes
  • 47Foden

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 21Torres
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Carson
  • 80Palmer

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Liverpool 2, Manchester City 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Manchester City 2.

  3. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mohamed Salah.

  4. Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

  5. Attempt blocked. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a cross.

  6. Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

  7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

  9. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

  11. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  13. Fabinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

  16. Goal! Liverpool 2, Manchester City 2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

  17. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joel Matip.

  18. Substitution, Liverpool. Joseph Gomez replaces James Milner.

  19. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Goal! Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Curtis Jones.

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