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Liverpool 2 - Manchester City 2

FA Barclays Premier League

Anfield

26/8/12

Attendance: 44,942

Referee: Andre Marriner

Liverpool
2 - 2
Manchester City
Skrtel 34′ Suarez 66′
 
Y Toure 63′ Tevez 80′
 
Venue: Anfield
 
Attendance: 44,942
The Teams
25 Reina
 
 
 
01 Hart
 
 
02 Johnson
 
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
16 Coates
 
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
34 Kelly
 
 
66'
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
37 Skrtel
 
 
 
28 K Toure
 
 
08 Gerrard
 
 
 
07 Milner
 
 
76'
21 Lucas
 
 
5'
 
08 Nasri
 
 
59'
24 Allen
 
 
 
34 De Jong
 
 
31 Sterling
 
 
 
42 Y Toure
 
 
07 Suarez
 
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
29 Borini
 
 
83'
 
45 Balotelli
 
 
62'
Substitutes
01 Jones
 
 
 
30 Pantilimon
 
 
03 Jose Enrique
 
 
66'
 
06 Lescott
 
 
23 Carragher
 
 
 
15 Savic
 
 
14 Henderson
 
 
 
17 Rodwell
 
 
59'
19 Downing
 
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
76'
33 Shelvey
 
 
5'
 
62 Razak
 
 
09 Carroll
 
 
83'
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
62'
Game Statistics
14
Goal Attempts
11
8
On Target
5
4
Corners
4
10
Fouls
7
51
%
49
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Having utilised an experimental 352 formation with glowing success throughout this summer, this supposed Plan B became Plan A at Anfield. Despite a positive start, the strategy rapidly unravelled as a fired up Liverpool took full advantage of City's continuing defensive uncertainty...Without singling out certain flapping performances, The Blues passing was ropey for the majority of the game. The team had an air of confusion about it. This was the first time they had gone in behind at the break in 16 months of league football...Due to Liverpool's own frailties, this was as big a get out of jail as we've experienced in some time despite the side shipping goals with regularity in recent outings, yet the return to 442 and the required personnel for the last quarter hour saw a resurgence in passing accuracy, solidity and threat. The defensive rot has got to stop and Mancio should be a far from happy manager tonight. He got his formation wrong yet his side took their gifts when offered as Champions do...Composure has to be the order of the day from here on, but make no mistake about it, this was a big, big point.




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Date:Sunday August 26 2012

Time: 5:55PM

Your Comments

Got out of jail there. Poor performance but a good point in the bag.
Bluedub
How many 'get out of jail' cards are we allowed per season? Shockingly bad performance. No "real sign of champions here" - we got the draw because Liverpool fecked up. Much work to do...
rojo2010
We say it time and again - we missed Barry!
pedmachine
Miss barry and Micah Richards TBH. I can understand why Silva is still being rested, but we looked so much better when he came on it was like watching two different games. Oh, and taxi for Kolo.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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