Roy Keane has suggested that it was clear that Man City and Liverpool were happy with a draw as the game was drawing to a close.
The meeting at the Etihad got off to a flying start. Liverpool started the game really well, and they took the lead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were in full flow in attacking areas, but they were not able to extend their lead before the break.
Pep Guardiola’s side punished them for this, as they equalised in the 31st minute. Kevin De Bruyne fired the ball in towards Gabriel Jesus, who took it well on the turn and poked it home to level it up.
Man City finished the half the stronger of the two. They were given a penalty of their own in the 39th minute. De Bruyne stepped up, but he hit it wide of the post so the score remained level at half time.
The game petered out in the second half, but Man City had the better of it in the final 45 minutes. They could not find a winner though, as it finished 1-1.
Speaking with Sky Sports after the game, as cited by The Sport Review, Keane said there is a lot respect between the teams:
“With about half an hour to go, both teams probably subconsciously settled for the draw.
“I think there is huge respect between the two teams and they are fearful of each other.
“We just got the feeling that they are both going to settle for the draw.
“The draw probably suits Liverpool better than City, but the second half was never going to match the first half.”