EPL: Liverpool v Manchester City, 16.00 GMT, Anfield, 27/11/11 (1-1)

A solid performance this and we were just the better side, but it seems that at Anfield at the moment that we just keep drawing.

Man City have trickery a-plenty, but for the most part we kept them quiet in an intriging opening half hour, but from a corner, Kompany got in for a flick that went high inside the far post for a Man City lead.

Almost instantly, we equalised. Going forward, Charlie Adam tried his luck and Lescott’s attempt to block diverted the ball past his own keeper.

City brought on Mario Balotelli who made an impact – all bad for City. Managing to draw two silly bookings (arguably harsh, I might add), he was off and City were down to ten men. Could we grab a late-winner as we had at Chelsea or were we to be denied a late winner again? It was the latter, as a good header by Andy Carroll was saved by Joe Hart, and City held on for a point.

It was, despite the result, a very good performance. We stifled City and made chances, but alas were still a little short in taking them.

Agger and Skrtel are now our first choice centre backs. Lucas Leiva has learned to not get booked so much (even though his role in itself exposes him to greater risk of such) and is proving to be an extremely reliable midfield anchor. With Johnson and Enrique providing support for the wide men, and with Kuyt or Henderson or Maxi or Downing overlapping going forward and supporting them in defence, and with Suarez running rings around defenders at times, we are looking good. Now we just need to do that little bit more that means taking three points from these games instead of one.

This game was dedicated to the son of goal-keeper, Brad Jones, who had recently succumbed to leukaemia – but it was also played hours after we learned that former footballer and Wales manager, Gary Speed, had taken his own life, to the deep shock of everyone. Speed had been featured on BBC TV just the day before and there was no indication of any turmoil, which just leaves us all the more bewildered.

RIP Luca Jones and Gary Speed MBE

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