Riyad Mahrez misses crucial, late penalty as Man City and Liverpool produce draw

first_img tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mahrez missed the chance to win the game Joe Gomez, shunted back to the right of defence to accommodate Dejan Lovren’s first Premier League appearance of the season, made up for his loss of possession to Fernandinho to chase back and block Raheem Sterling’s angled shot.The change of position seemed to have a destabilising effect on the 21-year-old, who diverted Lovren’s header back to Sergio Aguero in the penalty area.With Lovren closing in behind him, the Argentina international went down but referee Martin Atkinson waved away penalty claims.James Milner’s hamstring injury changed the complexion of the game as City took advantage of Naby Keita’s arrival to exert their influence in opposition territory, although again without any real danger for their hosts.On the hour Sterling’s corner hit Van Dijk’s arm but Atkinson ruled Fernandinho had climbed all over the Holland international, much to the anger of City’s bench. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Mo Salah was again underwhelming It resulted in the first goalless draw between these two at Anfield since 1986.The point allowed City to regain top spot from Chelsea, while their opponents dropped to third. The top three are all on 20 points and separated by goal difference only.It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be.Mohamed Salah fired an early effort wide after turning John Stones but it said much about the first half that it was the closest either side came to threatening a goal.Pep Guardiola, aware of how twice on this ground last season Liverpool blew them away in a 25-minute spell, appeared to have set up his side to absorb much of the early and take the sting out of Liverpool with a view to capitalising later on. Silva’s pass sent Mahrez, preferred to Sane, running through the middle but his angled shot rolled past the far post while a frustrated Aguero, who has never scored in his ten games at Anfield, was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with 25 minutes remaining and retired to the bench with his hood pulled up.Having briefly escaped the smothering presence of Benjamin Mendy, Salah’s moment came when Andrew Robertson picked him out.But the Egypt international snatched at the chance with the confidence of a player with one goal in his last eight matches.Mahrez was next to threaten, forcing Alisson Becker into a low save at his left-hand post.Jesus went down holding his face after a stray hand from Lovren but City’s third penalty appeal also went unheard, while Sturridge’s weak header was scooped up by Ederson as more half-chances came and went. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Riyad Mahrez missed an 85th-minute penalty as Manchester City and Liverpool drew 0-0 at Anfield.Virgil van Dijk’s challenge on substitute Leroy Sane eventually resulted in a late spot kick, but £60 million summer signing Mahrez blazed over. REAL DEAL 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow 4 REVEALED no dice 4 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker Mahrez’s penalty headed for Row Z Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January shining deals Latest Premier League News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware Sane, who had replaced Sterling, did make the difference when his run down the left tempted the usually unflappable Van Dijk to make a tackle he probably did not have to and City finally had their penalty.With Aguero off the pitch the responsibility was handed to Mahrez – after Jesus was seemingly told to stand down – but with Alisson going the right away he blasted over.It also extended Liverpool’s run without conceding a home league goal to 811 minutes.MATCH STATS REVEALED 4last_img

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