Man City could regret failing to make dominance pay against Liverpool

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Manchester City’s breathless draw with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon almost encapsulated their season as a whole; they were comfortably the better side for lengthy periods, but they failed to make their dominance pay and their rivals closed the gap.

Whether this 2-2 draw comes back to bite them at the end of the season remains to be seen, but if they are to surrender what had been a comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League, then they will look back on this fixture as a missed opportunity.

While this had been touted as a potential title decider had either side been able to pick up the three points, Pep Guardiola’s men were utterly dominant in the first half – demonstrating just how and why they had moved out in front as title favourites in the first place.

At times City looked capable of routing Liverpool and making a mockery of the ‘title-decider’ billing with the extraordinary level of their passing, movement and intensity. Their season has generally been about efficiently seeing off opponents with minimum fuss and minimal thrills, but on Sunday they seemed hell-bent on obliterating the competition. In truth, the game could and should have been over before half-time.

Having taken the lead inside five minutes through Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected strike, the hosts exploited the Reds’ ill-advised high line time and time again, but only once did their relentless attacking yield a goal as either the final pass or the finish went astray.

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