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Liverpool hold Manchester City to 2-2 draw

Published on Feb 4, 2013 6:03 AM
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England Feb 3, 2013. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City hit back to draw 2-2 at home to Liverpool in an engaging game on Sunday but the result left Manchester United with a daunting nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

After City old boy Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Edin Dzeko's opener for the hosts, a 73rd-minute Steven Gerrard thunderbolt gave Liverpool a glimpse of victory, only for Sergio Aguero to level moments later.

While Liverpool can take heart from a bold display at the Etihad Stadium that followed their 2-2 draw at Arsenal in mid-week, City are left to contemplate the unenviable task of reeling in United.

"We didn't play well. In the last month we played well in all the games, but we were so nervous in this game and I don't know why," said City manager Roberto Mancini, who refused to concede defeat in the title race.

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