Manchester City charged after player protests against Liverpool

Ross Houston
March 21, 2017

Both clubs would then have been happy enough to watch Manchester City and Liverpool drop points by drawing 1-1 with each other, even though City manager Pep Guardiola unexpectedly described it as one of the best days of his coaching career.

"You would rather the problem were this way round rather than struggling to get points against the top teams", said Lallana.

James Milner subsequently scored from the spot, before Sergio Aguero's equaliser earned a point for City at Eithad Stadium.

"We are still in a battle, that's how it is", Klopp added on Champions League qualification.

Sergio Aguero brought City level with 21 minutes remaining, but neither side could muster a victor and both had to settle for a point.

A penalty was always likely in this game - played on a slick surface after pre-match rain - because of the last-ditch defending on show.

"You can not imagine. It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager".

In the first half, there was Nicolas Otamendi's pull on Sadio Mane as the Liverpool forward ran clean on goal.

All three were 50-50 calls and not given but City defender Gael Clichy's foul on Roberto Firmino was clear, with the left back having previously lost his man by slipping over.

In an end-to-end final 20 minutes, De Bruyne struck a shot against the post, Adam Lallana kicked fresh air from close range with the goal at his mercy and Sterling missed a one-on-one chance.

City are still involved in the FA Cup but with their title challenge seemingly over, their prime objective is now qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp retorted drily: "He's Spanish".

The result keeps City in third place - a point above Liverpool with a game in hand - and Caballero says it's vital that they finish in the top four to qualify for next season's Champions League.

After one of the misses of this of this or any other season, Adam Lallana apologised to his Liverpool team-mates for squandering what should have been the victor at Manchester City.

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