Martin Skrtel went from hero to villain as Liverpool and Manchester City played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
The Slovakian defender put the red ahead on 34 minutes when he headed home Steven Gerrard’s corner.
Yaya Toure pounced on some poor defending by Pepe Reina and Martin Kelly to bundle the ball home on 63 minutes to level matters.
However the lead only lasted three minutes before Luis Suarez curled home a brilliant free kick to restore Liverpool’s lead.
It was no more than the Reds deserved as they had played the better football in the second half with fans getting a glimpse of the football Brendan Rodgers is looking to implement at Anfield.
However with 10 minutes remaining, Skrtel undid 80 minutes of hard work when he played a short back pass to Reina which Carlos Tevez intercepted to score.
The goal handed the champions a point and made it 9 goals in their opening two games of the season while for Tevez it was his 100th since coming to the Premier League.
For Liverpool, despite the loss of two points, there were plenty of positives to take away with Rodgers’ decision to start with 17 year old Raheem Sterling proving to be masterstroke, with the winger turning in a fine performance on his first start while the purchase of Joe Allen is already looking a good bit of business.
Manchester City arrived at Anfield as Champions but with a poor record on Merseyside. Roberto Mancini made five changes from the side that came back to beat Southampton 3-2 last week and switched to a 3-5-2 formation with Tevez playing alongside Mario Balotelli.
For large periods of the game however they were dominated in midfield by Liverpool with the diminutive Allen keeping the influential Yaya Toure quiet.
However Mancini will be delighted that his side kept plugging away and never gave up, trademarks of a side used to winning however he bemoaned the concession of two goals, the fourth game in succession that his side have done that saying “This is the time to finish conceding two goals every game.
“But we have taken one point when we went down two times.
“We started with the ball for 30 minutes, we had it in their half and had four or five chances to score.
“But we conceded a goal from a corner and something changed.”