Manchester City Hit Back to Earn a Draw with Liverpool
Adam Lallana in action with Manchester City's Gael Clichy. (Reuters Images)
Manchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground in the Premier League following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the Merseysiders with a game in hand thanks to Sergio Aguero's equalising goal.
Knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in midweek, City fell behind when full back Gael Clichy conceded a penalty six minutes after halftime and James Milner scored from the spot against his old club.
Liverpool, who had come into the game more after a slow start, were pegged back 18 minutes later when Aguero scored from Kevin de Bruyne's fine low cross.
De Bruyne then hit a post and Adam Lallana missed badly for Liverpool in an exciting finish.
"It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud," Guardiola told reporters.
His pride came less from the result than "the spirit, the way we played".
Liverpool's Juergen Klopp rued missed chances but agreed that a draw was a fair end to an eventful encounter.
"Give me a few hours and then I'm happy," he said. "To get a point at Manchester City for (any) team in the world is absolutely OK."
City stayed a point ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand but fell two behind second-placed Spurs.
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