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Rodri Gets 7.5, Cancelo With 5 | Manchester City Players Rated In Lackluster Loss Vs Liverpool

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Manchester City faced off against Liverpool at Anfield earlier tonight as they looked to earn a positive result away from home and keep their good form going in the Premier League. Man City were slightly the better team in the first half but lacked quality in the final third. They were held to a scoreless draw at half-time.

Pep Guardiola’s men lost control of the game in the second half and conceded the opener in the 76th minute when Mohamed Salah scored a brilliant breakaway goal for Liverpool. The contest ended with Man City suffering a lackluster 1-0 loss away at Merseyside.

Let’s take a look at how each Manchester City player fared during the match against Liverpool.

GK: Ederson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian keeper made an excellent save to deny Salah before being beaten by the Egyptian winger a few moments later in the second half.

RB: Joao Cancelo – 5/10

He looked vulnerable at the back and made a huge mistake which led to Salah’s goal. Cancelo would be hoping for better days in the future.

CB: Ruben Dias – 5.5/10

Dias looked shaky at the back and couldn’t cope with Salah’s strength and dribbling.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 6/10

He tried to control the game but was always being stretched due to the pace of the Liverpool counter-attacks.

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Etihad Stadium

LB: Nathan Ake – 6/10

He won a couple of aerial duels and was accurate with his passing.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5/10

The Belgian international created a few decent chances for others around him but failed to make a difference in the final third.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 7/10

He struggled to stamp his authority in the game but caused a few problems for the opposition defenders during his time on the pitch.

CM: Rodri – 7.5/10

The Spanish talent anchored the midfield with conviction and was by far Man City’s best player on the field.

RW: Bernardo Silva – 7/10

He worked hard defensively but lacked quality in the Liverpool half.

ST: Erling Haaland – 6.5/10

The Norway international had a couple of decent openings but was marked out of the game by the Liverpool centre-backs.

LW: Phil Foden – 6.5/10

He had a goal disallowed but was always willing to stretch the Liverpool backline. However, James Milner managed to neutralise his threat for most of the game.

Substitutes:

ST: Julian Alvarez – N/A

His late introduction had minimal impact.

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