It was a game no one wanted to see.
A game for which one could come up with excellent degrees; a game that gave us everything we hoped for and then more and more. A game that failed to single out a winner, but didn’t feel like it mattered because it didn’t deserve a loser.
Welcome to the 2022 Premier League and the title race between the two teams, Manchester City and Liverpool, which have set such brilliant standards that everyone else can only dream of. Cigarette paper divided these great rivals before the start and still divided them into the last whistle of an epic clash that sounded like the football equivalent of “Jungle Cries” and “Manila Thriller” combined into one.
These heavyweights exchanged blows from start to finish – and the fact that neither side was able to score a knockout means that City will go in the last few weeks of an exciting season just one point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men. Both Pep Guardiola and Klop indulged in love while building.
Klopp called Guardiola the best boss in the world, while the Spaniard insisted that the German had pushed him to new heights in English football and has now become the biggest opponent he has ever faced. He had a point given that Liverpool arrived in Manchester after 10 consecutive league wins, but was still second in the table.
And the guests were exposed to the first half of the school from City, who saw Rahim Sterling open a golden chance to bring his side forward in four minutes. But the miss didn’t matter because City burst forward a few seconds later when uneven Kevin De Bruyne’s shot hit Joel Matip and left Alison with no chance.
Visitors were shocked, and the mingling between Virgil van Dyck and Alison nearly missed Gabriel Jesus for a second. But Liverpool came back, equalizing through Diogo Jota in the 13th minute. However, City remained the dominant force when Jesus shot straight at Allison, and Rodri simply failed to find John Stones without signs for what would have been a specific target.
Ederson nearly scored an amazing own goal after losing concentration on his line as incidents continued to escalate rapidly. De Bruyne punched a barbell leg when he had to score after Joao Cancello punched a ritual silver, which then punched into the side net when City gained pressure.
The Guardiola stars were so relentless with the sword and without the sword that it was felt that some of them had extra lungs in their bodies. Liverpool were living dangerously and paid the final price in the 36th minute when Jesus crept to the back post to meet Cancello’s ball and threw it over Alison, making it 2-1.
Guardiola encouraged the home fans, but it took a sensational roll from Emerick Laporte to prevent Want to equalize again after the break. It was a game that kept giving. Less than 60 seconds into the second half, the visitors equalized again through Sadio Mane, who ran into a great ball by Mo Salah before beating Ederson with a great finish.
Guardiola sank into his seat, thinking what the hell could happen next. Giotto was supposed to put Liverpool ahead in the 53rd minute but failed to beat Ederson, Sterling saw that the goal was ruled offside, Salah’s efforts deflected his mustache wide, and substitute Riyad Marrez could have won it at the time of his death but didn’t score.
At the end Guardiola and Klopp hugged each other before going to bed. We know how you guys feel.