For the second Premier League match in succession, Liverpool went to home of one of this season’s Champions League participants and more than held their own.
However, just as at Arsenal, where they also drew 2-2, once again the Reds were left frustrated at their inability to turn superiority into more goals at Manchester City. However, they showed enough to suggest that the longed-for progress under Brendan Rodgers is certainly taking shape.
Liverpool looked to have settled into the game well only for Edin Dzeko to turn home a low cross to give City the lead, but that lead was short-lived thanks to a blistering shot from the edge of the box from Daniel Sturridge to quickly level the scores. It was his fourth goal in six Reds appearances.
A trademark strike from Steven Gerrard then put Liverpool ahead 17 minutes from time, but just when Rodgers must have thought that he was going to lead his team to victory, Sergio Aguero rounded Pepe Reina when the Spaniard had wandered out of his goal, with the Argentinean’s world-class finish earning his side a point.
The Reds probably merited all three, but there was plenty that they could take, and learn, from their afternoon at the Etihad.