Darwin Nunez and Pep Guardiola clash after City – Liverpool draw

There was altercation on Saturday afternoon between Pep Guardiola and Darwin Nunez at the end of the match between Manchester City and Liverpool.

The game at the Etihad Stadium proved to be a cracker, with the two sides separated by just one point at the top of the Premier League table going into the match.

The Cityzens had won all 23 matches at home in 2023 and it looked as if they would make it 24 wins in a row when Erling Haaland gave his side the lead just before the half-hour mark.

Nathan Ake found the Norwegian forward in space just outside the box and City’s number nine took a touch before drilling the ball into the bottom corner. That was Haaland’s 50th goal in the Premier League – it took him took just 48 matches to reach that milestone.

City thought they had doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining when Ruben Dias tapped the ball into the back of the net from Julian Alvarez’s corner, but the goal was ruled out as Manuel Akanji was penalised for a foul on Alisson Becker.

It was a dubious decision and one that proved costly for City as Liverpool restored parity shortly after through Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Liverpool full-back took aim from just inside the box and his well-placed effort beat Ederson and nestled into the bottom corner. There were no further goals as both sides were forced to share the spoils in an entertaining game in Manchester.

There was a heated exchange between Liverpool striker Nunez and Guardiola moments after the match. Nunez, who played 84 minutes before being withdrawn, made his way to Guardiola moments after the final whistle.

Nunez was not happy about something and could be seen pointing towards the pitch. Witnessing the disagreement, Jurgen Klopp was quick to intervene and pulled the Uruguayan striker away to avoid the situation escalating further.

Man City and Liverpool still maintain their previous positions in the Premier League table and separated by just the one point, although Arsenal have the chance to leapfrog both and reach the summit should they beat Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides are in Champions League action in midweek. City host RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Liverpool taking on Austrian outfit LASK at Anfield a day later.



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