Liverpool hit Mohamed Salah first, but Manchester City leveled thanks to Gabriel Jesus, which on Sunday meant a 1-1 draw.
The missed penalty of Kevin De Bruyne proved costly for Manchester City as they played an engrossing 1-1 match at the Etihad Stadium with Liverpool.
As the reigning Premier League champions struck the first blow in the heavyweight top-flight tussle, Mohamed Salah scored a 13th-minute spot-kick, putting them on track to remain at the top of the table during the international break in November.
In the midst of the Manchester downpours, City, however, weathered the early storm before countering impressively through Gabriel Jesus, his sixth goal in his past seven league outings.
1 – Kevin De Bruyne's penalty is the first to miss the target completely in a @premierleague game since October 2018, when in the same fixture at Anfield, Riyad Mahrez blazed over against Liverpool for Manchester City. Spooky. #MCILIV pic.twitter.com/OesSCn9NSk
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2020
Before half-time had the normally reliable De Bruyne not struggled to convert from 12 yards out, they could have scored again, the Belgian missing the goal entirely after another handball penalty was awarded.
The bulk of the pre-match attention was on the team selection of Jurgen Klopp, although the German solved the selection poser involving Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino by selecting both, apparently choosing to strike his team as the best method of defense after previous results in this fixture.
The daring approach reaped an early reward, albeit one gifted to them by the ill-timed lunge on Sadio Mane by Kyle Walker. For his eighth league goal of the season, Salah duly slotted home from the spot.
Aggrieved at the other end before the opener after a possible foul on Raheem Sterling, City took the time to come to grips with the attacking system of Liverpool.
Prior to the break, City had the opportunity to take the lead. Joe Gomez was punished when his outstretched arm was hit by a cross, only to uncharacteristically drag De Bruyne deep.
During a second half that saw a more considered approach from both sets of players, Jesus spurned a glorious chance of his own, heading Joao Cancelo’s tempting cross wide.
As the minutes ticked by, Liverpool faded as an attacking threat, not helped by Alexander-Arnold ‘s loss to injury, but avoided suffering any late knockout blow, thus preserving the five-point gap between themselves and City.