LIVERPOOL and Manchester City failed to live up to the immense pre-match hype that was billed on Sunday’s Premier League top-of-the-table clash, as the Anfield encounter ended in a goalless draw.
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The best chance of the game fell to Riyad Mahrez in the 86th minute, after Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane inside the penalty area, but the £60m winger could only blaze the spot-kick into the travelling fans.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had the best of the early exchanges, coming into the game all guns blazing, before the Sky Blues defence quickly found their groove.
But in a game of no goals and little spectacle on the ball, there were a number of episodes which may have only been caught by the eagle-eyed.
Starsport brings you 5 incidents you may have missed in today’s match:
“5 moments you missed in Liverpool’s draw with Man City”
Milner suffers a hamstring injury
Reds vice-captain James Milner was taken off in the first-half with an injury, limping to the touchline alongside the medical team.
And Sky Sports man Geoff Shreeves uncovered the nature of the Englishman’s knock, revealing he believes Milner picked up a hamstring injury after a challenge with Kyle Walker.
Shreeves said: “Just about a minute ago James Milner turned into a block tackle with Kyle Walker. As he came away he felt the back of his left hamstring. So I think he has got a hamstring problem.”
Mahrez ‘snatches’ the ball from Gabriel Jesus
When Netherlands captain van Dijk brought down Sane, drama ensued in the City ranks as to who would take the decisive penalty.
With regular taker Sergio Aguero back on the bench, Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus wanted to shoulder the responsibility having scored from the spot against Leicester earlier this season.
But Algeria international Mahrez was having none of it, snatching the ball away from his team-mate, despite missing five of his eight previous penalties.
Liverpool goalkeeping coach predicts penalty
The ex-Leicester winger may have blasted his crucial penalty over the bar, but that came as no surprise to Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
The ex-Tranmere stopper was seen gesturing to Reds keeper Alisson where he thought Mahrez would put his penalty, waving frantically and pointing up to the Brazilian.
And sure enough, the Algerian tried to drive the spot-kick into the top left corner of the Liverpool No.13’s goal, directing it comfortably over his crossbar.
Henderson celebrates penalty miss
Mahrez’s miss not only delighted the capacity Anfield crowd, but also Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson.
The England international was visibly seen celebrating as the winger put the penalty over the bar.
He raised two hands a loft, delightedly sprinting into his own box as the ball went sailing into the Anfield Road stand.
Guardiola comforts Mahrez
City boss Pep Guardiola could have been forgiven for showing penalty squanderer Riyad Mahrez the cold shoulder as the final whistle sounded.
But the Spaniard refused to be angry at his man, embracing him with a hug and giving him a playful slap.
He also defended him after the game, telling Sky Sports: “He had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots perfect penalties but sometimes it happens.”