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Skrtel goal and gaffe for Liverpool

Martin Skrtel was hero and villain for Liverpool against Manchester City. His header gave Liverpool the lead against the champions Manchester City, but his defensive error allowed Carlos Tevez to equalise in the second half.

In between there were goals from Luis Suarez for Liverpool and Yaya Toure for Manchester City in an open and eventful game at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool showed signs that they were beginning to conform to their manager’s demands for fluid passing football, but also undermined their attacking verve with some sloppy defending.

Rodgers was frustrated with the dropped points but encouraged by the performance. "I'm very happy with our progress. Our attitude and application has been great. Day in, day out, I am seeing improvements in our game and tactically they played with a terrific plan today."

He singled out Skrtel for praise rather than blaming him for Tevez’s goal. "Martin was immense,” he said, "he scored with a wonderful header. And obviously he has been a real stalwart in the short period of time I have been in here. If we are to dominate games we need players with the courage to have the ball and Martin was very courageous so there is no blame on him."

City manager Roberto Mancini was more concerned about strengthening his squad before the transfer deadline. "We need to bring players in and we have five days in which to do it,” Mancini said. "We have to work very hard in these four or five days. It will be a long week for us."

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