MANCHESTER: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described the 2-2 draw against Manchester City as a boxing match between two title contenders, with both boxers unable to default even for a second.
Kevin De Bruyne put defending Premier League champions City ahead in the fifth minute of action at the Etihad Stadium, but Diogo Jota equalized eight minutes later.
Gabriel Jesus put City back in front before the break but Sadio Mane celebrated his 30th birthday with the second equalizer for Klopp’s side.
Raheem Sterling blasted City’s third goal but the VAR disallowed it as offside and substitute Riyad Mahrez saw his free -kick go wide.
The result ends Liverpool’s streak of 10 league wins and City remain one point ahead with seven games remaining this season.
“Great match. Wild. A better start for City, but you can describe it as a boxing match. Two hands down for a moment, you’ll be punched.
“You can breathe a sigh of relief for a moment and then the next punch comes from the opponent. I like a lot of things, when we play easy passes we are very dangerous and that’s how we score goals.
“It was a great match and the result was appropriate. We have to accept the result, and be satisfied with it,” Klopp said.