Phil Foden put on another brilliant performance in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool, something which is becoming a useful habit for him at Anfield.
The England international has made life miserable for ex-City player James Milner on the left side. Pass him and most of the time get the better of him.
His hard-working pace paid off with a decisive strike and assist in the second half, after a deluge of first-half moments that could have ended with City in the lead.
Here’s a minute-by-minute look at how the 21-year-old once again stormed Merseyside…
16e minute: After a quiet first 15 minutes for City, Foden did well to run a nice run into the box, keeping the gap and holding the ball for Bernardo Silva, who saw a blocked shot. Foden’s awareness of all the possibilities around him at all times made this half-chance possible.
18e minute: Kevin De Bruyne punched a nice curly cross into the box, Foden getting a header at the end but he just slipped.
20e minute: Bernardo Silva picked Foden in the box with an excellent run, moving away from several Liverpool defenders. Foden hit, allowing Alisson to charge from his goal and make a smart save.
22sd minute: On the other side, Foden had a little shoulder barge action with James Milner near the signing to stop the former City man from making a cross.
31st minute: Milner pushed on and then appeared to cut Foden’s heels as he ran into Liverpool’s box after another superb pass from playmaker De Bruyne. Free kick, definitely. Penalty, maybe. Referee Paul Tierney gave nothing.
34e minute: Foden returned the favor this time, with a nasty cross from the left to the right edge of the six-yard box. It created a huge chance for City, but De Bruyne headed for waste.
41st minute: Grealish freed Foden on the wing and Milner pulled him back for a hard-earned warning – just another moment that showed just how quick Phil can be once he’s let go with the ball wide.
42nd minute: Ederson’s precise long bullet was perfect for Foden to chase after him. Again, he escaped from the besieged Milner but Allison came out to choke any space to shoot.
60e minute: The second half had been much more difficult for City as Liverpool hit the front thanks to Sadio Mane. Foden looks at his teammates and asks for calm.
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68e minute: GOAL!!!! It was happening the whole game for Foden. Gaining the upper hand on Milner, after recovering a nice pass from Gabriel Jesus, Foden released the ball just wide enough to propel a left-footed shot into the lower right corner. The width drew Allison in leaving room for a dead-eyed finish
80e minute: GOAL!!!!! Mohamed Salah had knocked down the house but Foden still had some magic up his sleeve. A cross into the box wreaked havoc and the ball fell to De Bruyne, whose deflected strike passed Alisson
Former Manchester United player and now Sky Sports expert Gary Neville has declared Foden and Salah as player of the match. However, it might have been just to annoy Roy Keane.
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