More injuries and dropped points in City draw
By Mark Allaway
Sunday 22 Nov 2009 14:53:00
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Liverpool played out a frustrating 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield yesterday, losing further ground on the league leaders Chelsea and suffering two more injuries.

Martin Skrtel's first Reds goal was ruled out by Emanuel Adebayor and Stephen Irleand, leaving Yossi Benayoun to eqaulise and save a point for the home side.



And manager Rafa Benitez has been handed no favours with injuries to Daniel Agger and Ryan Babel.
Benayoun had made good progress on a muscle injury and had been named on the bench but appeared after 18 minutes for the injured Dutchman Babel.

And the replacement for Agger was Kyrgiakos, who struggled once more with a pacey City attack, Shaun Wright-Phillips in particular causing him problems.
The teams went in level at half-time with Steven Gerrard, returning tothe first team, creating many of the hosts' chances.
His deceptive free-kick in deflected of Kolo Toure and fell for Agger who forced a save from Shay Given.
And Gerrard then had a ranged shot himself soon after, Wright-Phillips off target for City at the other end.
It was another Gerrard free-kick that created the opener for the Reds in the second half, his swinging delivery picking out Skrtel who beat Adebayor to the ball and recorded his first goal in 45 games.
But the lead lasted less than twenty minutes as City broke up the field, and from former Red Craig Bellamy's corner Adebayor rose unmarked to head home.
Another goal conceded from set-pieces that was clearly adding to the frustration of Rafa on the touchline.
And there was another two goals in the next ten frantic minutes as the Reds fell behind from Stephen Ireland tapping in Wright-Phillips cut back- though the midfielder appeared to be slightly offside.
But Liverpool broke straight up the other end of the field and good work from David N'Gog eventually saw a shot come cross deflect to the far post where Benayoun had ghosted in to net.
And Liverpool were left to rue when Lucas found himself in the area unmarked but miscued his header and lofted the chance to snatch all the points over the bar.






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