City Ties Liverpool, Well Aware That One Point May Be Plenty

In a Premier League season of the finest margins, four goals add to the drama but don’t change the title math for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

MANCHESTER, England — Midway through the second half, as the game on which a season hung started to build in a nerve-shredding, pulse-straining crescendo

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold found himself waiting to take a throw-in within a couple of feet of Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager.

Ordinarily, in these circumstances, the conventions of rivalry dictate that the two adversaries must studiously ignore each other’s presence.

The manager offers instruction to someone standing in the opposite direction.

The player averts his gaze, lest acknowledgment be mistaken for treachery.

Guardiola, though, has little truck with convention. With Sunday’s game paused for an injury, he sidled over to Alexander-Arnold,

draped his arm over his shoulder and initiated what can only be described as a chat