Player Ratings: De Bruyne and Milner impress in Etihad draw

Date published: Sunday 19th March 2017 7:03

Manchester City and Liverpool battled to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Etihad, but who impressed? Michael Graham rates the performers.

Manchester City

Willy Caballero – 8

Made some superb stops to give his side a chance of winning this game.

Fernandinho – 6 

Missed a big chance in the first half when he should have scored, but did ok in general.

Nicolás Otamendi – 5

Struggled with the energy of the Liverpool attack at times.

John Stones – 5

Similar to Otamendi, really. Though the protection in front of them could have been better.

Gaël Clichy – 4

Just no idea what he was thinking when giving away the penalty. A player of his experience should be considerably better than that.

Yaya Touré – 6

A little sloppy sometimes and not really at his best. Guardiola’s system also asked a lot of him, though.

Raheem Sterling – 6

Was obviously eager to make an impression against his former club. Perhaps too eager.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8

The pick of the Man City midfield. Always involved and always looking to be creative, even if he’d have liked to have been more effective. Fine assist for the equaliser just rewards.

David Silva – 7

Toiled and tried but a little shy of his usual high standards.

Leroy Sané – 6

No where near the Sané we have seen in recent months, but that’s far from a disgrace.

Sergio Agüero – 7

Bagged the all-important equaliser, but probably should have had at least another to his name.

Bacary Sagna (Substitute) – 6

Did ok and let no one down, but didn’t excel at all either.

Fernando (Substitute) – 5

Didn’t really have the opportunity to do much.

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6

Wasn’t tested as much as he should have been by City, but could not be faulted for the goal.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6

Not as swashbuckling as we know he can be, but did his defensive duties ok on a tough afternoon.

Joel Matip – 6

Like City’s centre backs, Liverpool’s were certainly not in control of the game. They just about hung on in there, though.

Ragnar Klavan – 6

See Matip.

James Milner- 8

Superb penalty under a lot of pressure against his old club. Customarily solid display.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

A bit of a passenger, in truth, as he is a little too often away from home.

Emre Can – 6

Industrious, but not especially influential.

Adam Lallana – 6

He did okay. Very little else you’d really say about his performance.

Sadio Mané – 8

A bit of a thorn in Man City’s side, not so much for the product, but the sheer persistence.

Roberto Firmino – 8

Gave the City defence a lot to think about and was unfortunate not to score.

Philippe Coutinho – 6

Still appears to be searching for his groove after that spell out injured.

Divock Origi (Substitute) – 5

Struggled to make an impact.

Lucas Leiva (Substitute) – 5

No real time to impress.

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