Liverpool landed a storming 3-1 defeat against Premier League defending champions Manchester City at Anfield as Febinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored to position Jurgen Klopp side at eight-point lead at the top of the table.
The battle between the two powerhouse has been seen as a defining moment in Liverpool’s long hunger to lift the trophy since they last did so in 1989-90. The Reds will now feel more assured of lifting the title with a nine point ahead of Man City and a better advantage over second place Leicester City.
The atmosphere changed six minutes when Fabinho flashed a stunning 25-yard drive past keeper Claudio Bravo, deputizing for injured Ederson, the goal given after VAR check for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Talking about how Pep Guardiola feel about the match, he was confidence that his side played very well not withstanding that City didn’t have their best at defense and Liverpool was ruthless in attack, as seen when Mohamed Salah scored the second goal six minutes later, heading in at the far post from Andrew Robertson’s superb cross.
Raheem Sterling lost a chance and Sergio Agüero saw a shot deflected on to the post as Manchester City tried to locate a foothold but it was all over six minutes after the break when Jordan Henderson’s pinpoint delivery lured Bravo into a critical moment of hesitation and Sadio Mané headed in.
Unbeatable Liverpool, celebrated a victory that assured them the more of clinching the long anticipated Premier League title.
Graeme Souness said there was far more to City’s loss than the VAR decision. “Liverpool were ruthless. City didn’t play badly, but today’s game was decided, not by Alexander-Arnold’s possible handball, but by City running out of their best players at the back, it’s as simple as that.
“If they have the best defenders on there and the best goalkeeper, there may have been a real chance that it wasn’t going to be this result, but that happens in football.
“You need a bit of luck to win the league because there will be times when you run into suspensions and injuries but unfortunately for City at this time, they’ve run into injuries and are playing their biggest rivals. Liverpool punished them,” the ex-Reds midfielder said.
Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola finally congratulates Jurgen Klopp players on his way over to the officials. Once he gets to the referee Michael Oliver, he aggressively shakes his hands, with his eyes bulging and says sarcastically: ”Thank you SO much.”
Jurgen Klopp, at the other hand, has a laugh with the officials before taking in the cheering applause of the Anfield crowd.
Sources: SurgeZirc UK Sport, BBC Sport, Daily Express,