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Man City 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

Too many Liverpool players were well short of their best in the 2-2 draw away to Man City, as the Reds battled their way to a fortunate point.

The biggest Premier League match of the season arrived on Sunday afternoon, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men made the trip to the Etihad.

In truth, the Reds were poor in all facets of their play for much of the game, falling behind to Kevin De Bruyne’s effort, equalising through Diogo Jota and going behind again after a Gabriel Jesus strike.

Sadio Mane levelled matters again in the first minute of the second half and Liverpool held on for a draw in the end, staying one point adrift of their title rivals.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Independent, WhoScored and FotMob and the TIA readers.

It was Mane (7.5) who earned the highest average rating at the Etihad, following an increasingly influential showing.

After a quiet opening 45 minutes, the Senegalese took his goal superbly and became far more of an all-round threat for Liverpool.

TIA’s Joanna Durkan agreed with others that Mane was the Reds’ star man, hailing a “clinical finish” on his 30th birthday.

Ian Doyle of the Echo felt Liverpool’s No. 10 took his goal “superbly,” as he bagged arguably his most important strike of the campaign to date.

Next up were Alisson (7.0) and Thiago (7.0), with the pair two of Liverpool’s more reliable performers.

The Independent‘s Jamie Braidwood lauded Alisson‘s “big save” to thwart Raheem Sterling early on, only to be beaten by De Bruyne straight after.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 10, 2022: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, Durkan described Thiago as Liverpool’s “most progressive and assured player,” highlighting a “beautiful diagonal across to Alexander-Arnold” in the lead-up to Jota’s goal.

Joel Matip (6.9) and Mohamed Salah (6.9) received the joint-third highest score, with both much improved after the break.

The former’s “long legs constantly got the visitors out of trouble,” according to Doyle, while the latter produced an inch-perfect assist for Mane’s goal.

Fabinho (5.6) produced his worst game of the season on the most important occasion, throwing in a strangely slack performance.

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