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Manchester City 0 Liverpool 0The Reds played out what was a disappointing nil all draw at Man City. It wasn't exactly the greatest game but the worry for the Reds was with Steven Gerrard not on top form the Reds missed that extra creativity.
A decent start to the game from the Reds saw Pennant continue his good form from midweek. It was he who looked the most dangerous in the opening stages of the game. He looked to create openings for the Reds at every opportunity.
After just three minutes he cut inside the box and was clearly held back in the penalty area. Had it happened outside the box somewhere a foul would have been given but it was one of those that gets ignored in the box.
An early free kick for City was easily cleared by Carragher at the back as City looked a bit goal shy. You could see why they haven't scored many of late. That said they were looking quite solid at the back.
On fifteen minutes Mpenza had a chance but couldn't direct his header on goal from a Vassell cross.
The Reds nearly scored on twenty minutes when Alonso tried one of his trademark shots from halfway. It beat Isaksson but just came down on the roof of the net. It would have been another class goal from Alonso but missed by inches.
A couple of minutes later Riise fizzed a shot wide of the target. However both sides were pretty much cancelling each other out. It needed a spark of genius from somewhere. As it was half time came with very little great action to note.
The second half started a bit faster than the first but it never fully came to life. Joey Barton was flying in on every Red shirt he could get too yet avoiding anything worse than a talking to from Uriah Rennie.
Three minutes in to the second half and Finnan put in a great cross which Gerrard should have done better with. Five minutes later and Gerrard again had a chance but this time with a shot which Isaksson saved well.
The Reds started to dominate the game but they were being restricted to shots from outside the box. Riise, Pennant and Agger all had pot shots but none troubled the keeper.
With the Reds dominating but failing to trouble the keeper subs were used. Gonzalez replaced Riise down the left whilst Crouch replaced Pennant despite him having a good game. Perhaps though it could alter things around a bit. Sadly it failed to materialise though and even with Zenden replacing Mascherano late on the Reds just couldn't provide that killer blow to a rather defensive minded City.
Overall the game was a bit boring in truth. Only the tough tackles from Barton looked likely to spark the game up.
MotM : Jermaine Pennant - gets the vote again because he was the one who looked most likely. He's now looking like he really wants to create chance at every opportunity. Now all he needs is a couple of strikers to actually aim for.
Opposition form summary coming in to the match
Position at Start of match day - 3 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 12
League Stats at end of match day
Match number 50 of the season
Domestic Match number 38 of the season
Premiership Match number 33 of the season
Premiership Match number 577 of all time
League Match number 4101 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)
Top Flight League Match number 3673 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)
Match number 5026 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)
Match number 151 against Manchester City
Away Match number 76 against Manchester City
League Match number 140 against Manchester City
League Away Match number 70 against Manchester City
Premiership Match number 20 against Manchester City
Premiership Away Match number 10 against Manchester City