Stalemate at Anfield

07 October 2018 13:43:59 EST

The top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Chelsea's win earlier in the day put them temporarily top but the winner at Anfield would have replaced them.

As a result of the goalless draw City go back to the top on goal difference but the champions had a golden opportunity to claim all three points, Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty.

Mohamed Salah had the first chance of the game, shooting wide after just three minutes but, despite Liverpool edging the opening exchanges, it was far from the anticipated classic.

The home side were hampered by James Milner's withdrawal after half an hour, the midfielder, who has been in such good form for the Reds, hobbling off to be replaced by Naby Keita.

The Anfield crowd were struggling to create the atmosphere befitting a genuine top of the table clash with neither side creating much in front of goal.

The second half began in a similar fashion with chances few and far between. City did have a penalty appeal turned down when Virgil van Dijk was ruled not have handled the ball in the area, then Mahrez showed good skill and control to get a shot in that went narrowly wide.

At the other end Salah also had a shot, the first on target in the game, but it was comfortably saved by Ederson.

The game entered its latter stages with both sides looking happy to collect a point only for City to have a golden late chance to snatch all three.

With just four minutes of normal time remaining they were awarded a spot-kick after Van Dijk fouled Leroy Sane in the area.

Mahrez took the penalty but it was a poor kick, going over the bar to the relief of the majority of the crowd.

Mahrez has now missed five of his last eight Premier League penalties and his latest miss means that the points were shared and both teams, along with Chelsea, remain unbeaten and go into the international break on 20 points from eight games.

Both teams are next in action on 20th October, Liverpool travelling to Huddersfield and City at home to Burnley.

City are 2/5 to win the Premier League title with Liverpool 9/4 and Chelsea 66/1.

Liverpool are 50/1 to not finish in the top four while City are 100/1.

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