Bernardo Silva and Pep Guardiola reactions in the mixed zone show what they really think about Liverpool

Having spent the international break highlighting the midfield role models he is now attempting to learn from, Trent Alexander-Arnold picked the ideal moment to show what he’s also picked up from a Liverpool legend.

Because while his admiration for players like John Stones and Rodri was made public in the buildup to this visit to Manchester City, the strike that secured what could yet be a massive point at the Etihad was pure Steven Gerrard.

The touch and shot that arrowed past Ederson with 10 minutes of normal time left had all the hallmarks of the iconic former Reds skipper and was enough to earn a 1-1 draw after Erling Haaland’s opener.

Much of the excitement surrounding this new Liverpool, one that is now led on the pitch by a different type of captain in club skipper Virgil van Dijk and deputy Alexander-Arnold, has centred around the unknown. It's not yet quite obvious what the ceiling is for this emerging, younger squad of players.

But hard-fought draws that show reserves of character and mental strength like this one here only add further evidence to the belief that this is now a team that can really challenge for major honours this term.

Liverpool have now lost just one of their last 24 games and that was when they had nine men, conceded a 96th-minute winner and were robbed by the most egregious error of the VAR era in the Premier League at Tottenham in September. Clearly they take some beating and a club can go far with that particular asset.

Man City's perfect home record this season is no more and while the wait for a league win here for the Reds will stretch into a ninth year, this one almost felt like three points due to the manner of the fightback.

And now, having played European champions Man City, Newcastle, Tottenham, Chelsea and Brighton all away from home inside the opening 13 games, Liverpool have a real opportunity to build up the sort of momentum that can help power teams towards big things at the business end of the campaign.

The fixture list should theoretically start to look less imposing for Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff, even if Manchester United and Arsenal are both on the horizon at Anfield before Christmas.

Considering the opposition, Liverpool generally defended as well as you would expect as they kept their visitors at bay with the sort of play that saw them head into the weekend with the best defensive record in the Premier League.

All their work of containment was undone however when Alisson Becker attempted to play in Mohamed Salah on the counter-attack before slipping and slicing it to Nathan Ake instead. Seconds later Haaland was wheeling away having become the quickest player in the league's history to 50 goals. The Norwegian achieved that in just 48 games, if you're keeping count.

In fairness to Alisson, the effort to get Salah away on a lightning counter was the same move that brought about a 1-0 win at Anfield last season and with such fine margins deciding fixtures of this magnitude, it was worth trying from the Brazil international. But on a day when the usually excellent No.1 was strangely shaky, its execution left a lot to be desired.


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