Despite overseeing Man City’s draw, Jurgen Klopp was reminded of a huge Liverpool issue.
Liverpool’s stalemate against Manchester City exposed their lack of depth.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was obliged to put central midfielder James Milner as right-back against Manchester City in one of the most critical games of the season. Trent Alexander-Arnold, the team’s regular fullback, suffered an injury in training that will keep him out until after the international break.
Thankfully, the injury did not prove costly against championship rivals City, as they drew 2-2, although they were extremely fortunate to even have the chance to win a point given how dominant the away side was throughout.
In the 57th minute, Sadio Mane scored after being put through by Mohamed Salah and coolly slotting past the onrushing Ederson.
Gabriel Jesus cut in from the left and danced past several players before squaring it to the Englishman in the 69th minute, bringing Phil Foden level.
Salah then created a magical moment in the 76th minute, weaving past three City defenders and squeezing his shot in from a tight angle.
After fine movement down the left by Foden, Kevin de Bruyne levelled in the 81st minute with a curling attempt into the far corner from the edge of the box.
Despite the game ending in a draw, it highlighted a position in Liverpool’s team that could be their downfall this season – right back.
Milner, although being a fantastic servant for the Reds, was beaten up by his former team as he was forced to cope with repeated waves of pressure from Phil Foden, £100 million signing Jack Grealish, and onrushing full-back Joao Cancelo.
The 35-year-old lacked the pace and energy to keep up with the runners in front of him, and he was continually relying on his teammates to clean up his messes.
Milner was fortunate not to hand away a penalty in the first half when he touched Foden’s heels just inches outside the box, but referee Paul Tierney shockingly did not award a free-kick.
In the 42nd minute, he was given a yellow card for dragging down Foden, who had sped by him and was launching a fast counter-attack.
Klopp’s side had a missing piece of the jigsaw on the right-wing on the rare times when they did move forward.
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