Ken Early: Manchester City and Liverpool can be football’s new clasico

Mo Salah’s goalscoring rate should be reason enough for Liverpool to renew his contract

Liverpool’s Mo Salah celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League draw with Manchester City. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Liverpool’s Mo Salah celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League draw with Manchester City. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

A second half illuminated with a goal of genius from one of the best players in the world, and enlivened by refereeing decisions of stunning incompetence and the hysterical reactions of a highly-strung supercoach. After the financial implosion of Barcelona, Liverpool v Man City stands alone, the closest thing we have left to La Liga’s fallen clasico: this is now the game.

The true significance of Kevin De Bruyne’s late equaliser will not be known for months. For some of the participants, the importance of this match was more immediately apparent.

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