Jurgen Klopp watched on as Liverpool missed the chance to leapfrog Manchster City at the top of the Premier League U18 north section.
In a classic game of two halves Steven Gerrard’s young Reds had all the threat in the first half and were deservedly ahead from an excellent Liam Millar finish.
But the momentum turned completely in the second period when City took control and it was difficult to argue they didn’t deserve their point after a spirited comeback saw Keyendrah Simmonds bring then level.
Liverpool were ahead with just 13 minutes on the clock. Eddie Tagseth’s superb ball was touched inside by Millar before he fired past Curtis Anderson in the City net for goal number 12 of his season.
The young Canadian’s pace was a feature of the first half with City’s main threat coming from right winger Ian Carlo Poveda.
The chances though were coming to Liverpool.
Abdi Sharif’s low effort was tipped round the post after Adam Lewis’s quick free kick was only half cleared before Millar volleyed over when he should have played in Curtis Jones, after Anthony Glennon won a good header.
On 34 minutes came one of the moments which perhaps swung the game.
Millar was released down the left by Tagseth again and as he cut in towards goal he appeared to be clipped by City captain Eric Garcia.
Most expected referee Darren Rodgers to point to the spot but he somehow gave a free-kick to City, presumably suggesting Millar had grabbed hold of Garcia’s shirt to force his way past.