Liverpool drew with Manchester City 1-1. I am bitterly disappointed. I thought Liverpool were all over City and should have capitalize when they were one man down. Craig Bellamy was left out of the Liverpool side after manager Kenny Daglish granted him permission to go home after his friend and mentor Gary Speed passed away. The game was fast paced. Both teams did well and the goalies on either side had their work cut out for them. Joe Hart in particular was impressive, and for me was the star of the game. Had it not been for his quick reflexes, City would have found themselves in trouble many a time. The opening goal came from Vincent Kompany after a well taken corner. Unfortunately for City, Charlie Adam’s shot, which was headed well wide, was deflected off Joleon Lescott and found the back of the net. As the game intensified, I was sure Liverpool were going to find a winner. But I was left feeling frustrated as it never came. City themselves would have also liked to take the three points, after Manchester Uniteds dropped points against Newcastle in a draw. I have great respect for Roberto Mancini, whose being making great strides with City.
The low point in the match came after Mario Balotelli was giving marching orders after notching up 2 yellows. He was brought on as a substitute but failed to impact. Instead a couple of clumsy tackles and he cost his team. The shots of Balotelli leaving the pitch show Mancini pointing him towards the dressing room with a look of fury. However, after the match the City manager revealed that he felt that the Liverpool players are to blame for the red as they may have spurred on the ref to book Balotelli. I feel Balotelli had it coming his way, careless tackles combined with petulance don’t go a long way for him.