Roy Keane was effusive in his praise for Manchester and Liverpool after the spectacle at the Etihad and said neither side was going to dominate the game due to the quality each team possesses.
It was an end to end show of technical quality from both sides in what is now regarded as the highest quality fixture in world football from the players to the coaching staff.
With much of the pre-match talk being dominated by whether or not it’s the greatest Premier League rivalry (it isn’t), Keane was very quick to comment on the quality of the football post-match.
Speaking on Sky Sports, via talkSPORT, he said: “I think the quality, and what impressed me with all these top-quality players is the desire to keep going to try and win the game at the end. The chances, no team was ever really gonna dominate the game for long spells because there was so much quality on both sides.
“Liverpool struggled to get going, but then in the second half, they showed their character. We saw at the start of the second half, Jurgen Klopp obviously had a go at them at halftime and said, ‘Listen, you’ve gotta start showing your true colours.’ We saw that in the second half, but then City had some great chances as well.
“It was just a great reminder to us all about what this game is about, that’s why we love this game, I thought it was fantastic. I really enjoyed it and credit to all the players, I thought they were fantastic.”
Liverpool started the second half with greater intent and it paid off as they scored the equaliser and ultimately the decisive goal within one minute of the restart.
Mohamed Salah’s assist to Sadio Mane wasn’t just inch perfect but the weight of the pass was so good that the Senegal attacker was able to arrive in the box and dispatch it first time.
Mane also deserves praise for his run behind Kyle Walker which left the former Spurs fullback for dead in a game where he often had Mane right where he wanted him or was able to catch up.
But on this occasion, the stars aligned for Liverpool to strike back and draw level.
My major criticism of Liverpool was that they were reacting the whole game and seemed afraid to take the game to Manchester City in fear of making a mistake and being punished.
They were never going to win with that approach and they needed to take more risks in order to beat the home side but at the very least, Liverpool are still right behind Pep Guardiola’s side but must take more risks in the FA Cup semifinal against the Blues on Saturday.