Player ratings: Manchester City v Liverpool

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Manchester City v Liverpool player ratings was extremely interesting to calculate, as there were so many fine displays amid an intriguing tactical battle.

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Mohamed Salah scored an early penalty kick but Gabriel Jesus equalized before Kevin de Bruyne put a penalty wide.

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It was a classic Pep Guardiola v. Jurgen Klopp battle, as the end-to-end encounter saw two completely different styles of play take center stage.

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Here’s a look at the Manchester City v Liverpool player ratings out of 10.



Manchester City player ratings (4-2-3-1)

Ederson: 7 – Made a really good save to deny Alexander-Arnold and then gather the rebound. Was aggressive and got away with a small blunder in the second half. Solid.

Kyle Walker: 5 – Gave away a penalty kick on Mane, but kept plugging away at right back. Aside from that poorly-timed tackle he played well.

Ruben Dias: 6 – Solid and tried his best to stem wave after wave of Liverpool attacks. Kept City organized.

Aymeric Laporte: 6 – Kept Firmino quiet and alongside Dias he looks way more comfortable.

Joao Cancelo: 8 – Defended well against Alexander-Arnold and showed real quality on the ball with some fine deliveries. His great recent form continues.

Rodri: 6 – Struggled to cope with Salah dropping deep into his space but grew into the game and did well defensively.

Ilkay Gundogan: 5 – See above. Totally smothered by Liverpool having two central strikers dropping deep in the first half and when he did get on the ball he was wasteful.

Kevin de Bruyne: 6 – Set up Jesus for his goal and whipped in some great crosses, as always, but put a penalty kick wide at a key moment.

Raheem Sterling: 6 – A constant threat. Punished for staying on his feet in the build up to Liverpool’s opener. Looked to run at Matip whenever he could.

Ferran Torres: 4 – Struggled defensively against Mane and Robertson and didn’t get on the ball in dangerous areas. Subbed off early in second half.

Gabriel Jesus: 7 – Superb turn and finish for his goal and he gives City a focal point. Should have scored a second but headed wide. Sharp.

Substitution
Bernardo Silva (61′ on for Torres): 6 – Typically crafty display but couldn’t really impact the game.



Liverpool player ratings (4-2-4)

Alisson: 6 – Couldn’t do anything about the Jesus goal and was aggressive to stop crosses in the second half. Distribution was a little off.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 – Sterling gave him a tough outing. Could have scored in first half and came off injured in the second half.

Joel Matip: 6 – Did his best to cover for TAA and positioning was good, if not a little risky as Liverpool pushed high.

Joe Gomez: 5 – Unlucky to give away a penalty kick for handball, but was caught too often trying to play a high line.

Andy Robertson: 7 – Won the battle down the flank v Walker and Torres. Great understanding with Mane.

Jordan Henderson: 7 – Led by example in a more disciplined role in midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6 – Got on the ball often but was dragged out of position for the Jesus goal. Usually that’s not a problem when Liverpool play three in central midfield.

Diogo Jota: 6 – Not as influential as in recent displays as he was shackled well be Cancelo.

Mohamed Salah: 7 – Made some dangerous runs centrally and kept dropping into spaces where Man City didn’t want to follow him.

Roberto Firmino: 5 – Laporte and Dias were wary of him and he dropped a little deeper in tandem with Salah. Formation change was to keep him in the team, but he hardly touched the ball. Subbed off early in the second half.

Sadio Mane: 8 – Superb display, once again. Won the penalty for Liverpool’s opener and Walker was terrified of him.

Substitution
Xherdan Shaqiri (59′ on for Firmino): 6 – Worked hard defensively and stuck to his task down the right.
James Milner (63′ on for Alexander-Arnold): 6 – Came on at right back for the injured TAA and slotted in well. Solid and reliable.