Martin Skrtel was responsible for three of the four goals scored today at Anfield in an engrossing match. Liverpool went ahead as Skrtel attacked a corner throwing himself at the ball and absolutely buried the ball past Joe Hart.
In the second half, Roberto Mancini introduced Jack Rodwell which allowed Yaya Toure to roam up front. The big unit delivered as Carlos Tevez's cross which should have been an easy pick for Pepe Reina was instead interfered with by Skrtel whose flick hit Martin Kelly awkwardly on the chest and fell straight to Toure with an easy knock into goal.
Rodwell was involved in Liverpool's second goal when he was adjudged rather harshly by Andre Marriner to have handled the ball when it actually deflected off his legs and a free kick awarded. Luis Suarez who has two personalities released the one that reads Soccerblog to use phenomena like the Magnus Effect in a moment of genius. Hart tumbled down but it was goal from the moment it left the foot and bent around the wall.
However, the last laugh belonged to Skrtel who under the slightest bit of pressure hurried a back pass that unerringly found Carlos Tevez who scampered down gratefully with the ball, twisted past Reina, and slotted the ball for the equalizer. There was still some time left on the clock and it became end to end between the two teams who desperately looked for the winner.
Liverpool played fluid attacking football in spells especially when Suarez and Joe Allen were on the ball but City with its deep bench (Mancini brought Silva out in the second half) managed to dodge yet another bullet. To be fair, Anfield has proven a tough place for them to boss around.