A quiet second half failed to live up to a thrilling first which saw Salah score a penalty and Jesus equalise before Kevin de Bruyne missed a spot-kick of his own.
Sportsmail gives its verdict on all the players involved at the Etihad…
Kyle Walker (R) struggled to cope with Sadio Mane (L) in Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool
Manchester City (4-2-3-1):
Ederson – 6
One curious decision when flying out but generally offers confidence to those in front of him.
Walker – 5
Wrong-footed in the build-up to the penalty award and struggled to cope with Sadio Mane.
Dias – 6.5
A couple of dicey moments in behind. His presence, though, gives City a more commanding air.
Laporte – 7
Pressed Mohamed Salah well and refused to drop off against pace despite the obvious temptation.
Joao Cancelo put in defensively solid display and showed moments of quality throughout
Cancelo – 8
Stood up to the defensive task more so than previous weeks and added moments of quality.
Rodri – 5.5
Usually the man who begins City’s attacks but Liverpool’s front line closed his space.
Gundogan – 5
Always left expecting more from Gundogan in big games. Did the basics but another passive display.
Torres – 6
Never managed to create enough chances to stretch his legs and dart for the byline.
Kevin de Bruyne uncharacteristically missed a chance to win the game from the spot
De Bruyne – 6
Horribly uncharacteristic missed penalty. Looked the most dangerous without finding a regular final ball.
Sterling – 6
Always seemed to be halted just as he was making inroads. Liverpool doubled up on the forward.
Gabriel Jesus showcased why he is so important for City with a delightful skill and goal
Jesus – 7.5
Divine touch for his goal and showcased why he is so important in the absence of Sergio Aguero.
Bernardo Silva (for Torres, 61) – 6
Subs not used: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Garcia, Foden
Manager: Pep Guardiola – 6
Knew he could not afford to lose this game and City set up with that in mind.
Allison – 6.5
Barely anything to save. Swept up behind his back four with intelligence and forthright in his decisions.
Alexander-Arnold – 6
Will look back on the Jesus goal and wonder whether he could have been tighter. Attacked well.
Joel Matip played on the edge and was cautioned put put in an assured display at the back
Matip – 7
Played on the edge, evidenced when he was cautioned early in the second half for a late challenge.
Gomez – 6
Very unfortunate to concede the penalty, one that was always going to be awarded under the current laws.
Robertson – 6.5
Kept Torres very quiet. Showed a surprising lack of desire to break into the final third.
Henderson – 7
Real drive in the middle of Liverpool’s midfield and had much more of a say than City’s two.
Gini Wijnaldum was often the man caught out of position when Liverpool were opened up
Wijnaldum – 5.5
Often seemed to be the midfielder caught out of position when Liverpool were opened up.
Salah – 7
Protection Guardiola wanted in midfield meant Salah could not come and look for possession so readily.
Mane – 7.5
The most threatening man on the pitch. Won an early penalty and a constant problem for the hosts.
Jota – 6
On the periphery in an attacking sense, although completed plenty of work going the other way.
Man-in-form Diogo Jota was on periphery for the Reds but put in the work defensively
Firmino – 6
Knitted things together and defended the space well without really penetrating the home side.
Xherdan Shaqiri (for Firmino, 59)
James Milner (for Alexander-Arnold, 63)
Subs not used: Keita, Adrian, Jones, Origi, Phillips
Manager: Jurgen Klopp – 6.5
Bold selection with four recognised attackers. Big call to remove Firmino after half-time.
Referee: Craig Pawson – 6
Both teams had complaints with the referee. The big calls were all correct under the current laws.