Editorials, News — August 27, 2012 13:20

Reds Draw As Sterling And Allen Shine

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In their first home game of the season, Liverpool drew 2-2 against Manchester City.

The Reds were unlucky not to have all three points but a Martin Skrtel mistake ten minutes from time, gifted the Premier League Champions a chance to get back into the game.

It was Skrtel who opened the scoring with a powerful header from a Gerrard corner. City equalised through Yaya Toure after the Reds lost the ball in their own half and Pepe missed the ball from Tevez’s cross.

But that lead didn’t last long after a exceptional free-kick from Luis Suarez.

With ten minutes to go, a mistake from Martin Skrtel ten minutes from time allowed Carlos Tevez to capitalise and get a point for an ordinary Man City.

Despite the mistake, Skrtel had a brilliant game and unfortunately it was just one of those things.

What impressed me was the attitude of the team. It was the first home game of the reason and after the disappointment of the West Brom game, the players showed their class. After the opening goal, we tried to get another and we looked threatening. Even when Man City scored, we went forward and caused them problems.

One of those players causing those problems was Raheem Sterling. The 17-year-old made his first Premier League start and looked a threat throughout the whole game. Playing on the wing, his pace caused Kolo Toure a lot of problems. Sterling provided a cutting edge that was needed today. He linked up well with Gerrard, Sterling and Suarez. He showed that he has a very bright future and I’ll expect him to play more games this season.

Joe Allen should also be praised. The central midfielder showed glimpses of what we can expect from him this season. His distribution of play was neat and deft at times.

The only time Manchester City only looked threatening was in the first fifteen minutes. Aside from that, we were certainly the better team, scored two good goals but we were unlucky.

Can’t wait for the Arsenal game next week.

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