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Manchester City and Liverpool played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Eithad. Both teams missed gilt-edged chances in what could be described as one of the most entertaining games of the season so far.

Here are our player ratings.

Manchester City

PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Willy Caballero – Far from comfortable dealing with high balls (seems incapable of catching) but made a couple of strong stops to deny Firmino and Lallana in a commendable display of shot-stopping. 6

Fernandinho – Missed a glorious chance with the goal at his mercy in the first-half but filled in admirably as a makeshift right-back before moving back into his natural midfield role when Bacary Sagna came on. 7

John Stones – Made a wonderful last-ditch block to deny Matip from point-blank range and produced another piece of defensive bravery to deny Mane early in the second-half too. Also made a crucial sliding challenge to deny Mane a one-on-one in a solid performance. 7

Nicolas Otamendi – Was shown a clean pair of Mane’s heels on a couple of occasions but the centre-half often showed his prowess in defending crosses into the box, excelling where Caballero and Stones perhaps don’t. 6

Gael Clichy – His lapse in concentration allowed Firmino to steal in and win the penalty. Whether it was a penalty or not is certainly debatable, but the left-back’s inattentiveness created the situation in the first place. 5

Yaya Toure – Beginning to show his age, the erstwhile Ivorian powerhouse let Can motor past him a few times in the middle. Looked exhausted when he was subbed off just after the hour mark. 5

Leroy Sane – Caused problems for Clyne with his willingness to run in behind, constantly giving Silva an option on the counter-attack. His clever back-heel set-up Aguero, too, who stumbled at the crucial moment. 6

Kevin De Bruyne – Played a sumptuous reverse pass into Silva that created City’s best chance in the first-half, but bettered that piece of ingenuity with a glorious low cross into Aguero for the equaliser. 7

Raheem Sterling – The winger gave Milner plenty to think about with his dribbling and dynamic movement throughout proceedings and was denied a certain opening goal when Milner fouled him from behind. His end product is still lacking, though, too many times running into a wall of bodies or miscuing a pass. 6

David Silva – Took advantage of the slick surface to play some lovely passes early on, including a defence-cutting one to Sterling, who duly couldn’t find Aguero. City’s string-puller-in-chief once again proved key in unlocking the Liverpool defence in the first-half but he also blazed over the bar when presented with a goal-scoring opportunity. 6

Sergio Aguero – A mixed bag. Completely anonymous in the first-half but tucked away the equaliser clinically with his first genuine goal-scoring chance. That’s seven goals in as many games for the Argentine, but he could have two more but lost his footing for one and leaned back to shoot over for the other. 7


PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – The Belgian wasn’t tested incessantly by City’s attackers but there was nothing he could about Aguero’s equaliser. 6

Nathaniel Clyne – Troubled by Sane’s aggressive running but the England right-back also made some promising forays forward himself. 6

Joel Matip – Guided a header wide after being brilliantly picked out by Milner with a free-kick and looked a threat from set-pieces all afternoon. Kept a close eye on Aguero for the most part, though, which is no mean feat. 6

Ragnar Klavan – Appeared to wrestle Aguero down inside the area as the striker raced to get on the end of Silva’s cross during ‘the Sterling miss.’ The Estonian got away with it, though, as Michael Oliver was ball-watching. 6

James Milner – With the benefit of replays, we know that he was fortunate not to concede a penalty when his lunge from behind moved Sterling’s right foot away from the ball, making it initially seem like the City forward had fluffed his lines. City players certainly felt aggrieved, then, when he expertly dispatched Liverpool’s penalty to make it 1-0. 7

Emre Can – Another hard-working performance from the German midfielder, whose vision and passing range picked out Firmino which led to the penalty decision. An energetic force in the middle which often exposed Toure’s diminished physicality. 7

Georginio Wijnaldum – The Dutchman wanted a penalty when he went down under the challenge of Toure in the first-half, but there wasn’t enough contact. Worked tirelessly in midfield, complementing Can’s similarly herculean running efforts. 7

Adam Lallana – Struggled to stamp his authority on the game but still worked his socks of in his usual furious, high-pressing style. However, the playmaker made a meal of an amazing chance when he swung and missed after being set-up by Firmino. 5

Sadio Mane – The Senegalese forward was a nuisance for Otamendi, with his blistering pace catching the Argentine out which almost led to a goal/penalty. Had a quieter second-half, much to the relief of City’s central defensive pairing. 7

Roberto Firmino – Suddenly came alive when his curling effort produced a fine save from Caballero before half-time but perhaps wasn’t as influential as Klopp would have hoped. Won the penalty but also missed a one-on-one with Caballero after being played in by Coutinho. 6

Philippe Coutinho – It might not be long until Jurgen Klopp strips the Brazilian of his corner-taking duties. Not for the first time this season, his deliveries from a dead-ball situation were significantly below the required standard. Looks out-of-sorts and lacking confidence. 5

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