Player ratings as title challengers share the spoils

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Manchester City and Liverpool played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon in what had been billed as a potential title decider – a result that means Pep Guardiola’s side maintain their one-point lead over their nearest rivals with just seven games remaining.

A breathless first half was punctuated by three goals, although City were the dominant force throughout.

39 seconds after Raheem Sterling had spurned a one-v-one situation five minutes in, Kevin De Bruyne let fly from range and saw his strike take a huge deflection off Joel Matip and flash beyond Alisson.

However, despite having very little of the ball in the opening exchanges, Liverpool hit back just eight minutes later when Andy Robertson’s deep cross was knocked back across goal by Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Diogo Jota was on hand to sweep home via a touch from the goalkeeper.

That didn’t change the pattern of the game, though, with City often exploiting the Reds’ high line and getting in behind repeatedly. John Stones almost benefitted, but he could not stretch to reach Rodri’s header across the penalty area.

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