Alisson Becker kept Liverpool in the game with strong stops on Phil Foden in the first half and had it not been for the Brazilian, they might’ve run away with a strong lead.
Foden was outstanding against the Reds and carried the burden of Man City’s attacking hopes but Carragher’s claim that Alisson should have saved the 21-year-old’s shot is a poor one.
Not only had James Milner played the young forward in behind with acres of space to exploit, but Foden also did a tremendous job to fire a low shot across goal and into the bottom corner.
The ball was beyond Alisson and destined for the back of the net before the Brazilian had the time to react but anyone who has played in goal will know that shots like that are virtually un-saveable.
Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League (6:44pm, October 3, 2021), the former Liverpool defender said: “When Phil Foden shoots, I know he is a great player, you would almost be thinking that he would be crossing from there.
“I just think the goalkeeper lost his bearings because it actually just got a yard past the near post.”
Mohamed Salah was the star of the show for Liverpool for the umpteenth time as he assisted Sadio Mane for the opener after a delightful burst of pace to take him beyond Joao Cancelo which was capped off wonderfully by the Egyptian King’s perfectly weighted through ball.
While that was an inspired moment from Salah, he somehow one-upped himself – the only person capable of doing so at the moment – with what can only be described as a Lionel Messi-esque goal.
He received the ball under intense pressure from Cancelo again but a tight touch and an agile turn saw him spin past the Portuguese for the second time in the second half.
Salah then showcased his skill on the ball with a drag and flick to burst past Bernardo Silva, sitting down another Portuguese Manchester City star before advancing on Aymeric Laporte – his next victim in one of his best-ever Liverpool goals.
He feigned as though he was going to shoot with his left foot as he so often does but he fooled the French centre-back and slipped past him to set himself up for the finish.
While his left foot is much stronger, the former Chelsea winger showed why you can’t give him space on either side as he fired a powerful shot beyond Ederson off the post which resulted in an eruption of noise from the Anfield Road End.
Virgil’s reaction to Salah’s goal. In disbelief. 😅 pic.twitter.com/2vO4ppfon4
— Samue (@SamueILFC) October 4, 2021
Alisson was blindsided for Man City’s equaliser as Kevin De Bruyne’s shot took a huge deflection off Joel Matip on its way into the net but overall, the goalkeeper showed why he is Brazil’s no.1 with a number of saves to deny the away side.
WhoScored only gave him a 6.2/10 which has largely to do with City’s two goals but he was world-class at Anfield and he showed that he is arguably the best 1 v 1 goalkeeper in the Premier League at the moment.