The time was 18:22 at the Etihad Stadium and after almost two hours of battle, the two best sides in the world couldn’t be separated. Manchester City and Liverpool had played out a 2-2 masterpiece and left the title race in the balance. What this all means, none of us knows. But let’s look at what it could mean.
The match itself was an instant classic. City, as they usually do, started fast and struck the first blow. Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot nestled in the bottom right corner and after six minutes, the Sky Blues had a deserved lead.
Liverpool was shellshocked, but no team in the world can stop Jurgen Klopp’s side. Liverpool’s flying full-backs of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold combined to set up Diogo Jota. The Portuguese's shot from the middle of the box trickled under Ederson to give him his 15th goal of the season and level the game at 1-1 after 13 minutes.
Liverpool’s high line was causing defensive problems for the team from Anfield and in the 37th minute, they were finally caught out. Four city players were offside when Cancelo swung the ball in, but Gabriel Jesus wasn’t. The Brazillian lifted shot skimmed the underside of the bar, giving the Brazilian his first goal since Chelsea away in September. 2-1 to City at halftime.
Klopp would have been furious. His players were out minutes before City’s before the 2nd half started. 46 seconds later, the German got the response. Salah’s pinpoint ball fell to Sadio Mane, with the Senegalese striking the ball past Ederson to again level this pulsating encounter.
The two sides then couldn’t be separated. Jota’s shot was saved from the Brazillian. Sterling’s goal against his old club was marginally offside. Mahrez’s chip in the last minute was over the bar. The final whistle went at 18:22 and the sides were still only separated by one point in the league.