Two things Klopp got wrong and two he got right as Liverpool draw with Man City

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Liverpool and Manchester City fought out a 2-2 draw in a pulsating Premier League clash at Anfield.

City dominated the first half, but were left to rue a raft of missed chances as the sides went in level at the break.

Liverpool showed much more attacking intent after the break, and Sadio Mane gave his side the lead when he fired home after being played in by Mohamed Salah.

But Pep Guardiola's side were back in it when Phil Foden ran onto Gabriel Jesus' ball and smashed in an equaliser.

Salah fired Jurgen Klopp's men back in front with a wonderful goal, easing past Joao Cancelo and turning Aymeric Laporte inside out before firing past Ederson.

But Kevin de Bruyne's strike got City back on terms again in a thrilling end to the encounter.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at the big calls made by Klopp for the Anfield clash.

Two things Klopp got right:

Pitching Mane against Dias

Sadio Mane had been trying to run in behind Ruben Dias throughout the first half, but to no avail as his team-mates failed to find him with the right pass.

But the plan worked to perfection on the hour mark as Salah took advantage of City's defensive vulnerabilities on the left-hand side to play in his strike partner.

There was only going to be outcome once Mane had left Dias for dead – and the goal turned the game on its head, setting up a four-goal thriller.

Half-time rocket

Whatever Jurgen Klopp said to his players at half-time, it worked, as Liverpool came out with much more attacking intent after the break.

The increase in intensity resulted in Mane's opener, and while City were soon back into it through Phil Foden's equaliser the Reds refused to relent.

And it led to Salah producing a moment of magic, firing home with a fine finish after turning Aymeric Laporte inside out in City's box.

And two things Klopp got wrong….

Lack of first-half intensity

Liverpool went on the front foot in the opening minutes of the game, with City sitting back absorbing the early pressure.

But the Reds didn't maintain their early intensity, allowing Guardiola's side to dominate the first half as they had done against Chelsea and PSG.

On co-commentary duties, Gary Neville said City "were expecting a tornado" but only got "a gentle breeze" – and it was only because of a raft of missed chances from Guardiola's side that the teams went in level at the break.

Klopp had stuck with the same 11 starters from Liverpool's superb win over Porto in midweek, but that could have explained his side's lack of intensity in the first half.

The Reds had just one shot in that opening period – their fewest in the first 45 minutes of a Premier League match at Anfield since January 2017 against Chelsea.

Milner at right-back

James Milner has been a brilliant player for both of these teams, and his dedication to his game means he can still keep up the pace at the age of 35.

Jurgen Klopp kept faith in his makeshift right-back in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold, and few would have argued with that decision before the game.

But City targeted their former player with the pace of Phil Foden down the left wing, and he gave Milner the runaround, creating several first-half chances which his side failed to capitalise on.

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Foden appeared to have drawn a foul from the veteran just outside the box which wasn't given by referee Paul Tierney, with Milner also ending up in the book.

Milner was nowhere near Foden when the City man cancelled out Sadio Mane's opener, and it was no surprise when he was eventually replaced by Joe Gomez.

  • Gary Neville
  • Jurgen Klopp
  • Premier League
  • Liverpool FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Pep Guardiola

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