Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Scores, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

Both Liverpool and Manchester City played their hearts out on Sunday and the match ended with a 2-2 draw.

Edin Dzeko started off the scoring after a great run and cross by James Milner set the midfielder up for an easy goal right in front of the net. This was the 11th goal of the league season for Dzeko, and it gave his side a 1-0 lead.

The Manchester City official Twitter account posted a great picture of Dzeko following the goal:

However, that did not last long as Daniel Sturridge scored the tying goal for Liverpool just six minutes later in the 29th minute.

This goal was noteworthy, as pointed out by the English Premier League Twitter account:

Despite some back-and-forth play, this was the score at the intermission.

The second half was much slower as the defenses generally prevented too many scoring opportunities on both sides of the pitch.

At least, that was until Steven Gerrard came through with an incredible goal from well outside the box into the corner.

Once again, however, the lead was short-lived as Sergio Aguero quickly evened the match at 2-2 with just over 10 minutes remaining. From a tough angle, he chipped the keeper and put the ball into the open net.

Neither club was able to push across a winning goal, and the match ended in a draw.

Liverpool was the more aggressive side and played well enough to win, but City was able to at least salvage this final score.

After Manchester United's 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, Manchester City desperately needed a win to keep pace. This is especially true after the recent draw against Queens Park Rangers.

Unfortunately, the team was unable to get the three points.

For Liverpool, this is a decent result after a disappointing draw against Arsenal in their last match. The squad had a 2-0 lead but were only able to leave with one point. Overall, the club remains in seventh place in the league table, well outside the spots for both the Champions League and Europa League.

Hopefully, the Reds will be able to break through with a victory against West Bromwich Albion on Feb. 11.

Up next for Manchester City is a road match against Southampton, as the Saints hope to continue to stick around in the EPL.



Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool: A

In just a short amount of time, Daniel Sturridge is looking like one of the best midseason acquisitions in the entire English Premier League.

The former Chelsea player has now made six appearances for Liverpool and has scored four goals.

Against Manchester City, he got the important equalizer in the 29th minute, and it helped his squad stay in the match.

It is likely he gets a lot more starts in the future.


Steven Gerrard, Liverpool: A+

The veteran midfielder might have lost a step or two over the years, but he is still one of the top players in the sport.

Steven Gerrard assisted the early goal to Sturridge, tying Lukas Podolski and Juan Mata for the league lead at nine on the year.

He then got the second goal late in the match on an unbelievable shot from far away. 

On a day where the team did not get too much contribution from leading scorer Luis Suarez, Gerrard did his job and then some. 


Edin Dzeko, Manchester City: B+

Manchester City needs goals from Edin Dzeko in order to be successful, and the striker came through.

Of course, the goal was not the toughest of plays, having been set up nicely by James Milner. In addition, a couple of fouls ended up hurting the squad.

The club's leading scorer was able to get on the board, but it was not his best day on the pitch.


David Silva, Manchester City: D

Although David Silva is not much of a scorer, he is usually one of the top distributors in the league.

However, the forward was almost invisible during the match. With Liverpool's offense coming to play, the club needed to counter hard, and Silva was simply not there.

Manchester City was unable to tie up the match until shortly after Silva came out of the match for Maicon in the 74th minute. 

The draw was a disappointing result for the elite squad, and the Spanish native did not provide much help.



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