PLAYER RATINGS: Salah shows his genius while Foden is ruthless

PLAYER RATINGS: Mohamed Salah shows his genius with solo goal and assist while Phil Foden is ruthless in thrilling clash at Anfield… but James Milner and Jack Grealish struggle

  • Mohamed Salah and Phil Foden starred in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Anfield 
  • Salah scored a stunning solo goal and assisted Sadio Mane for the opener 
  • Foden got City back level at 1-1 as the forward showed his ruthlessness
  • But it was a difficult afternoon for James Milner and Jack Grealish 

Manchester City came from behind twice in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. 

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were on target for the Reds while Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne found the net for Pep Guardiola’s side. However, it was a difficult afternoon for James Milner and Jack Grealish, who both struggled.

Sportsmail’s JACK GAUGHAN rated the performances from both sets of players.

Manchester City came from behind twice to earn a point against Liverpool at Anfield

Completed a big save from Phil Foden before the break. Jurgen Klopp looked frustrated with his distribution. 

JAMES MILNER – 5

Out of sorts at right back and struggled to deal with Foden’s pace in behind. Could have seen red before his substitution. 

James Milner struggled to deal with Phil Foden’s pace on the left as he started at right back

JOEL MATIP – 7 

Courageous defending when throwing himself in front of shots before half-time kept Liverpool in the game. 

VIRGIL VAN DIJK – 6.5

Kept the hosts together alongside Matip as the last line of defence. Often had to cover City runners who weren’t tracked elsewhere.

ANDY ROBERTSON – 6.5

Tried to push Gabriel Jesus back the other way and had joy early on. Could have used possession more effectively. 

FABINHO – 6.5

Kept things simple at the base of midfield. The Brazilian’s impact was more pronounced when Liverpool started controlling the game. 

CURTIS JONES – 7

Progressed his side up the pitch intelligently and without fanfare. Took on a lot of responsibility when it mattered.  

Curtis Jones progressed his side up the pitch and took responsibility on the ball in midfield

JORDAN HENDERSON – 6

Began affecting the game more when pushed a little further forward, a move which got Liverpool higher up the pitch.  

SADIO MANE – 7.5

Smart finish over Ederson gave Anfield lift off after one of only a couple of glimpses of goal. Ruthless in the box. 

MOHAMED SALAH – 9

So quiet for so long but burst into life with an assist and then a solo goal that underlined the Egyptian’s genius.

Mohamed Salah showed his genius with a solo goal and assist as he came alive in the second half

DIOGO JOTA – 6.5

Lively display, particularly when drifting into pockets of space to unnerve City. Put in a real shift before coming off. 

Subs: Roberto Firmino (for Jota, 68) – 6 Joe Gomez (for Milner, 78)

Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Williams 

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3)

EDERSON – 6

Nothing the goalkeeper could have done about either goal as those in front of him parted ways. 

KYLE WALKER – 7

All-action display from right back and gives City the dynamism they crave down the flanks. Always a solid performer. 

RUBEN DIAS 6-5

A few instances of exemplary covering but might feel he could have done more as Mane wriggled free for the opener. 

AYMERIC LAPORTE – 7

Very rarely flustered when Liverpool built pressure and meticulous when playing into midfield. Done by Salah’s magic for the second. 

Aymeric Laporte was meticulous when playing into midfield and was rarely flustered

JOAO CANCELO – 6.5

Kept Salah at arm’s length for the majority and posed a huge threat when roaming – but then switched off for both goals. 

RODRI – 6.5

Went from looking ultra composed to then the game appearing too quick for him. Performance that summed up his spell at City. 

BERNARDO SILVA – 8

Potentially in the form of his City career. One mazy dribble, taking four defenders with him, will live long in the memory. 

KEVIN DE BRUYNE – 7

Perhaps slightly lucky still to be on when he struck the equaliser. Positionally excellent but end product lacked for large spells. 

PHIL FODEN – 8.5

Always the most likely in a City shirt and his control and finish for the equaliser was an excellent piece of ruthlessness. 

Foden showed his ruthlessness with a brilliant finish to level the score in the second half

GABRIEL JESUS – 7.5

Super run from right to left as he fashioned the chance for the equaliser. A constant willing runner at home on the wing.  

JACK GREALISH – 6

Started in an unfamiliar false nine role and got through his best work when dropping deep to start moves rather than finish them.  

Subs: Raheem Sterling (for Grealish, 66) – 6.5

Subs not used: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Ake, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Torres, Palmer

Jack Grealish had a difficult afternoon in an unfamiliar false nine role and was subbed 




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