In the 35th minute of today’s marquee Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Manchester City, referee Michail Oliver awarded the Citizens a penalty.
Former Reds star Raheem Sterling skipped past Trent Alexander-Arnold before leaving Fabinho dazzled enough with some stepovers that he was hacked down by the Brazilian.
In-form midfielder Ilkay Gundogan stepped up to the spot but shockingly sent the ball well over the bar and into the empty Anfield stands.
This marks the second spot-kick miss for the Citizens against Liverpool this season, as Kevin de Bruyne went wide in the side’s first meeting, whilst this is another high-profile miss at Anfield – following Riyad Mahrez a coupe of years ago.
It turns out that Jurgen Klopp has his trusted midfield anchor from his Dortmund days to thank for the out-of-form Reds not being behind right now.
? Fabinho fouls Sterling to give City a golden chance from the spot but Gundogan spanks his penalty over! An Anfield curse…
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Liverpool are incredibly luck that Manchester City’s stars just can’t hack spot-kick at Anfield, they’ve been bailed out massively.