To give him credit, the former Roma keeper did make a wonderful save on Aguero at the end of the match to keep the game from going 3-1.
Liverpool, who had cancelled out Aguero's opener through Roberto Firmino, would have been 10 points clear at the top of the table with a victory but now hold a comparatively small advantage of four points. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity.
I'm still not not sure how it happened, but Stones then managed to react quickly and clear the ball off the line, nutmegging Salah in the process. We just have to keep on doing what we have been doing.
Back-to-back losses for City less than two weeks ago had put Liverpool on a seemingly smoother path to a first English title in 29 years. Without it, Liverpool could now be heading over the horizon toward their first championship since 1990, but they have now been dragged back into a title race by Pep Guardiola's men. "It was that or let him go through on goal, and in my mind there was only one outcome".
Speaking during Sky Sports' coverage of the game, Neville pulled out the positive of Alexander-Arnold's performance, highlighting his contribution for his side's goal.
"We need Sergio in this kind of game".
"Why should we behave like somebody who won it all the time?" It's really important we take it game by game.
But perhaps that pragmatism stems from Guardiola and City knowing that substance over style is sometimes the way to win - win ugly, even - when it matters in a title race.
City midfielder Fernandinho said: "Four points is going to be interesting for the rest of the season for both teams".
"In terms of the result we are disappointed".
"I have already said to the boys this is OK".