Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Manchester City's habitual inefficiency shows their extravagant stars count for little

Manchester City's habitual inefficiency shows their extravagant stars count for little

"It is a good point for us and we gave the sign to all the people that are interested that we can perform like this".

Ex-City man James Milner's 51st-minute penalty put Liverpool ahead at a soggy Etihad Stadium, but Sergio Aguero's leveller 21 minutes from time earned the hosts a deserved share of the spoils.

Manchester United extended their unbeaten league run to 18 games as a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough took them up to fifth place.

De Bruyne then hit the post from 10 yards after Aguero slipped while attempting to finish off a fine move inside the area, before Liverpool missed a sitter of their own through Lallana, who fluffed his effort from Firmino's centre with just Caballero to beat eight yards out.

Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards he said "You can not imagine".

"I am so proud", Pep said after the match. "But this was not our best game so, yes, if we want to stay where we are, then we need to win football games and we can't make the choice and say "yes or no we want to play this way", the German added.

Lallana has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool first team, with his status as the Reds' most-improved player since Klopp's appointment in October 2015 rewarded recently with a bumper new deal.

City are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and two behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur while Liverpool are a further point back.

"There is one outstanding side this year and they will be champions probably". A point away to City is a good result for Liverpool.

"You have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team - they have exceptional players - means a lot to me. To achieve the big targets you have to be clinical".

That was the seventh time he had rattled the frame of the goal this season, more than any player in Europe's top five leagues. Even though City had more of the play in the first half, Liverpool were statistically better at the break.

When Liverpool took the lead through James Milner's penalty in the 51st minute, City's resolve was tested again.

"Juventus are a very tough opponent and Barcelona have to play at a very high level to stop them". "After trailing 4-0, logically they had more possibilities to get eliminated than to advance".

According to Robson, City have long felt as though they could recoup in excess of £85 million for the striker if they were to sell, although now he'd reportedly be allowed to depart for nearer £50 million.

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