On the final day if 2016, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp went head to head in one of the matches of the season so far. With equal wins over each other as managers in their career, and with their clubs going into this game at the back of 2 consecutive victories each, it was promised to be a thrilling game. However, a noisy Anfield and a gritty Liverpool defense saw them bow out of the game without even a point. Georginio Wijnaldum scored the only goal of the game early in the second half as he converted Adam Lallana’s cross to help his side to all three points. Guardiola will not be happy with his team who are now 10 points off the top while Liverpool maintain their 6 point gap from Chelsea in the first place. Here are the player ratings for both sides:
Simon Mignolet (7):
Was confident throughout the game and hardly put a foot wrong to take home a clean sheet.
Was caught out of positions at times but stuck to his task well to keep City and Kolarov away from danger.
Dejan Lovren (6):
Growing in confidence by the game, Lovren, had a decent game where he kept Manchester City silent for most parts.
Ragnar Klavan (7):
Had Sergio Aguero in his pocket the whole time and put in a marvelous effort at the back to help his side to a clean sheet.
James Milner (8):
Growing in stature as a left-back, Milner, kept Sterling quite and played his role in this victory.
Jordan Henderson (6):
Was decent in the midfield until he picked up a small niggle and was replaced on the hour mark.
Emre Can (6):
Stuck to his task well on the night and kept Manchester City honest and kept the game running in the midfield.
Georginio Wijnaldum (8):
The Dutch international was in sublime form on the night, scoring the only goal of the game and frustrating Manchester City in the midfield throughout this game.
Adam Lallana (7):
The English midfielder provided the cross for the only goal of the game and also kept asking questions of City in a more advanced role in this game.
Sadio Mane (7):
Was absent for most of the first half but was a constant threat in the final third for City later in the game.
Roberto Firmino (6):
Was awfully off color on the night yet came close on more than a couple of occasions to giving Liverpool an early lead in the first half.
Divock Origi (6):
Came in to replace Jordan Henderson and did a decent job of keeping his side in the game.
Lucas Leiva (7):
In what could be his last game at Liverpool, Lucas, was given just over 4 minutes in this game and he made an important tackle late in the game to keep his side in the lead.
Claudio Bravo (5):
Had his nervy moments and he could not help his side to a victory.
Pablo Zabaleta (6):
Tried really hard to get beyond the Liverpool defense but could not effect the game like he would have wanted to.
John Stones (6):
Cool, calm and composed, Stones, put in a decent performance on his first visit to Anfield after his move to City.
Nicolas Otamendi (4):
Careless in possession for most of the game and was no match at times to Liverpool’s pace and passing in the final third.
Aleksandar Kolarov (4):
Should have done lot better to stop Wijnaldum from scoring and was also wasteful in possession at times in the final third on a forgettable day.
Stuck to his task in the midfield well but could not stop Liverpool from running at his back-4.
Yaya Toure (5):
A passenger at times in the middle of the park, Toure, was decent in possession but was not effective enough to take his side to a victory.
Raheem Sterling (5):
Tried hard to have an impact on the game but was just not able to get the better of Milner on the flank on a forgettable night.
David Silva (5):
Had some decent moments in front of goal but the Spaniard was restricted to possession outside the box where he was not effective for a change.
Kevin de Bruyne (5):
Completely absent from the game at times, the Belgian, was not able to help Manchester City on the night at Anfield.
Sergio Aguero (4):
With just one shot on target and no touches in Liverpool’s penalty box, Aguero, had an off game that saw his side surrender all three points.
Jesus Navas (5):
Came on late for Zabaleta but could not do much to effect the scoreline.
Kelechi Iheanacho (5):
Had just the stoppage time to play and tried to occupy the Liverpool center half to try and break them down.
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