Liverpool have been showing in recent weeks that they can be real contender for the top four positions after they have made several strides up the table. However, the moment of the club has been halted by the 2-2 draw with Manchester City during the weekend.
The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was especially disappointed after the match given that they had only 12 min to hold on to the lead, but failed to do so due to a rare mistake from the goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Manchester City had taken the lead in the match through a goal from Edin Dzeko in the 23rd minute.
However, an excellent finish from the former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge meant that Liverpool were able to get back on track almost immediately. The 73rd minute goal from the influential midfielder Steven Gerrard looked to have given Liverpool an unlikely three points from the Etihad stadium, which has been a fortress for Manchester City over the last few years. However, it was City who managed to get back into the match almost immediately through a goal from Sergio Aguero from the tightest of angles. Reina came for the ball, but failed to reach in time ahead of the Argentine. Despite being an acute angle, Aguero managed to score and equalise the match.
“It was an outstanding performance coming here, a notoriously difficult place where it is even difficult to score goals. We were brilliant. The only disappointment is that we were outstanding in our work but mistakes have cost us. Aguero’s finish for the second was unbelievable but from our perspective we are bitterly disappointed he was in that situation. It was a mistake, everyone is clear on that, but I can’t fault the players,” said Rodgers, whose team have managed just one win in the last five matches.