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Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2

In years gone by a 2-2 draw at Anfield would have been regarded as an excellent result by the players and management at Manchester City. However, Liverpool's equalizer 12 minutes from time was a bitter pill to swallow for Mark Hughes and his team in a game that they should have won.

Despite having spent a combined £38m on Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott during the summer, City's defending has been comical at times this season and yesterday's game was no exception. Following an uneventful first half Liverpool took the lead when Martin Skrtel took advantage of some slack marking by Adebayor at a corner to shoot past Shay Given.

The Slovakian then decided to return the favour leaving the former Arsenal striker unmarked from a corner to head past Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal. City appeared to have taken all three points when substitute Carlos Tevez combined with Shaun Wright-Phillips to set up Stephen Ireland for a close range finish.

However, City committed hara-kari at the back straight from kick-off when Ngog's cross deflected off Lescott into the path of the obliging Jossi Benayoun who made no mistake from two-yards out. The Citizens appeared to still be celebrating Ireland's goal when they found themselves back on level terms.

Mark Hughes expressed his frustration during the post match interview: 'We were in a winning position again and we let it slip through not defending correctly. That's a frustration for us at present; mistakes at key moments are costing us dearly. The players in the dressing room are quite disappointed – it feels like a chance missed.'

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