Liverpool’s recent upsurge was waiting for an ultimate test when they hosted leaders Manchester City at Anfield this evening. The departure of Philippe Coutinho, injury concern of Virgil Van Dijk and Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 win over Everton put the Reds in a bit of pressure in order to maintain their ‘top four’ status for the time being.
Jurgen Klopp was tipped to be the man to end Pep Guardiola’s ‘invincible’ domestic run but a defeat would have dropped them to the fifth spot at the same time.The game, as promised, proved to be an electrifying encounter and Liverpool secured an incredible win after a comprehensive display. The scoreline, yet, was 4-3 as Liverpool did it in the most ‘Liverpool’ way.
It was the hosts who were dominant from early minutes and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s solo effort earned them an early lead. The lead, however, was canceled out when Joe Gomez misjudged Kyle Walker’s cross and Leroy Sane made full use of it by having a thunderous strike at the first post which Loris Karius, the Liverpool custodian, miserably failed to keep out of the goal.
But the Reds looked rejuvenated in the second half despite City’s attacks and hit back on the counter with their speed and pressing game. Roberto Firmino restored the lead with a stunning finish which followed by an incredible strike of Sadio Mane seconds after the Senegalese wingman hit the woodwork. They were not done yet as Mohamed Salah utilized Ederson being out of position and sent his strike from distance into the back of the empty net. The game had a late scare though. As soon as the Reds started expecting a one-sided affair, City pulled back one in closing minutes via substitute Bernardo Silva. It was the league leaders again who scored another in the added minutes when Ilkay Gundogan put it into the net from a close range. Liverpool were close to giving up a 3-goal lead but there were only seconds left and City failed to grab an equalizer before the final whistle.
The game thus ended 4-3 in favor of the Merseysiders who denied their unbeaten status and helped Arsenal to cling on to their ‘invincibles’ achievement. They now rise up to the third spot of the league table with same points as of Chelsea who are only behind on goal difference.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Lineups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, Emre Can (James mIlner 79′), Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah (Adam Lallana 88′), Sadio Mane (Ragnar Klavan 90’+), Roberto Firmino.
Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph (Danilo 30′), Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling (Bernardo Silva 71′).
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