Man City seemed to have extended their lead over Liverpool at the Etihad, but Manuel Akanji was quickly sent off for a.
Dermot Gallagher, a former referee in the Premier League, says Manuel Akanji was rightly punished for fouling Alisson Becker before Ruben Dias’ goal on Saturday was called back.
Man City thought for a moment that they were ahead 2-0 at home against Liverpool when Dias tapped in a goal from close range. Alisson tried to claim Julian Alvarez’s corner kick that was coming in, but Akanji made a small touch and the ball went out of his hands.
The ref, Chris Kavanagh, quickly blew the whistle for a foul, and the call was confirmed by VAR after a short check. There are different opinions on the call. Many City fans think it was wrong, but Gallagher says that even though the touch was small, it was enough to stop the custodian.
People say goalkeepers are overprotected, but Gallagher told Sky Sports that all it takes is a small bump to throw them off balance, and they lose their balance and can’t catch the ball. “I believe he throws him off enough to call a foul.” He also drops the ball when he hits Akanji’s arm. Without a doubt, the right choice.”
After Erling Haaland scored the first goal in the first half, that goal would have given City some breathing room over their opponents on the 70th minute. But Liverpool came back, and with 10 minutes left, Trent Alexander-Arnold tied the game by arrowing a shot into Ederson’s bottom corner.
Arsenal beat Brentford late on Saturday night, moving Pep Guardiola’s team down to second place in the Premier League. This came after City briefly led the league. In the Champions League, they play RB Leipzig on Tuesday. The next weekend, they go to Tottenham.