The match was an end-to-end affair, with both clubs showcasing some excellent football, Liverpool more so. The next two weeks see the Premier League take a bit of a hiatus as the last round of Euro 2020 qualifiers are wrapped up in the international break. After the break, they have a run of comparatively easy fixtures, while Manchester City face third-placed Chelsea. Be sure to tune back in then, because we’ll be right here, getting you all the latest updates from that match. Until then, goodbye and goodnight.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola:
What happened today, we showed why we are champions. It’s incredible that we played the way we did in this stadium. I’m proud of my team for their performance. We played so well.
Ask the referees about the penalty incident. Don’t ask me. Ask Mike Riley, ask the people in the VAR room. Don’t ask me.
When teams come here, they play with so much respect for Anfield and Liverpool. But the way we played, that’s why we are back to back champions. If Liverpool win after seven months, I will be the first one to congratulate them, because they are a good team, but it was like the Champions League semi-final. We played so well, but they took their chances.
We always try to be positive, and never give up. That’s why we won twice, something no one could do for almost 11 years. It’s important to grow as a club, as a team, as an organisation. We go home without regret, because we know we’ve done everything we could. This is an honour for English football, that two clubs like this can play such attacking football.
Mendy has been injured for almost two years. Angelino has a lot of quality, and he played a very good game.
We have shown many times that we are champions. There are three teams in front of us right now, but we are going to try. You cannot always win in football. I don’t know if we can claw back that gap. I’m not a magician. Next, we have the international break, and then Chelsea. That’s what I’m looking to next.
Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold:
There’s VAR, the ball did hit my arm, but I think it hit Bernardo Silva’s first. It’s one of those situations where you have to carry on playing, and we went down the other end and punished them.
We’re on a good run of form, we’re still unbeaten, this is what we want to keep doing. For us it’s about keeping the momentum up, we’re not worried about what other teams are doing. It’s still early doors and we’ve got a long way to go.
Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson:
It’s a massive win against our closest rivals. Last season they beat us to the league, and this year, it looks like they’re going to be close to us too. To get that win was massive for us.
I think it changed with the first goal. We didn’t start too well, they had two corners in the first few minutes. Fabinho hit an absolute worldie, and after that, I think we did really well to get into the game. Mo Salah and Sadio Mane’s goals were amazing, and then we dug in in the last 10 minutes and took whatever they threw at us.
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And that’s that! Liverpool have extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points with an immense win over their nearest title rivals Manchester City. It was an absolutely dominant display, with the Reds looking like the better side from the get-go. We’re just 12 games into the season, but this feels like it was huge, like it was a cup final.
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It’s Kyle Walker and Andy Robertson’s turn to exchange words now, after the Liverpool full-back nudges him in the back. Walker thinks about squaring up, but probably realises that time is of the essence at the moment. Robertson sends a smug smirk his way. Moments later, Sterling squares up to Joe Gomez after the centreback fouls him. We’ll be bareknuckle boxing in a bit if this continues for much longer.
Pep Guardiola is a bit worked up, to put it mildly
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Manchester City get the slice of luck they needed, and there’s some belief in them again! After a messy exchange of passes in the City penalty area, left-back Angelino delivers a powerful low cross that takes a touch off a Liverpool player and finds the feet of Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese winger turns it in with an excellent finish to give this game that little bit of drama that it so desperately needed.
Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has never had much luck on these grounds, but tonight was especially bad. Nothing seemed to work for him, and he cut a very forlorn figure out there. Can Jesus pull off another miracle?
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Pass after pass has gone agonisingly, excruciatingly wide for Manchester City tonight. It’s often been a case of millimetres, of almosts, of not enoughs. They haven’t been as bad as the scoreline makes them look, but they haven’t been very good either. If this ends in defeat, as it most likely will, it will be crushing.
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The chances just keep coming for Liverpool, and the slick Manchester City passing that characterised their past two league campaigns is nowhere to be seen. This has every chance of becoming embarrassing if they cannot find a way to stem this Red tide.
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Sadio Mane latches on to a flat cross from Jordan Henderson to sneak in a header from the far post and put Liverpool three goals ahead, and it’s a long way back from here for Manchester City. It’s unfair to point fingers, but Kyle Walker was practically asleep out there! The City full-back had no clue where Mane was. There was little Claudio Bravo could have done about that.
City need to put in an immense performance in these next 45 minutes if they want the three points. For most clubs, you’d say this is the end, but with the sort of talent present in this City squad, you’d be counting them out at your own peril.
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Liverpool have been at their very best, and Manchester City have struggled to deal with their intensity. City head into half time two goals down, and at a complete loss for answers. Liverpool, on the other hand, will take great heart from their performance so far, not just for the remaining 45 but for the rest of the season. We have quite a thriller on our hands here folks, you do not want to go to bed early tonight. See you in 15!
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Oh Mo Salah, you beauty. The Egyptian sends a beautiful shot towards goal from a million miles out, and Claudio Bravo just about reaches it. That would have been some goal. Liverpool’s entire squad is just oozing confidence at the moment, while City look a bit flustered.
Just one of those days
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Raheem Sterling has words with Trent Alexander-Arnold after the young full-back shoves him on to an advertising hoarding. Come on Trent, you’re leading by two goals, there’s no need for all that. Maybe a well-aimed elbow or two if they equalise, or something, but nothing more. It’s a gentleman’s game.
Alisson saves to keep Liverpool’s sheets clean. Sergio Aguero comes up with some dazzlingly quick footwork to engineer a yard of space in the Liverpool penalty area, but his shot is straight at Alisson, who parries it away to safety. This is some match and also, my fingers hurt from all the typing.
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Manchester City, to their credit, are huffing and puffing away with all the vigour of a side that hasn’t just conceded two goals against their main title rivals. The Sky Blues are keeping their foot on the gas and putting the Liverpool defense to the sword, but they haven’t had much out of it yet. Still, there’s over an hour to go, so you never really know.
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Mohamed Salah puts Liverpool two goals ahead with a wonderful header and it’s absolute pandemonium at Anfield! The Reds have struck twice in quick succession with some rapid counter-attacking play, and City are a bit confused at the moment. They’ve arguably been the more cohesive unit, but they’re two goals down in just over ten minutes.
Oof, City were a whisker away! Kevin de Bruyne puts some excellent whip on a free-kick, but it arcs agonisingly wide of the closest Manchester City player.
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Fabinho puts Liverpool ahead with a belter! The midfielder latches on to the ball from 25 yards out and sends a screamer past Claudio Bravo, who can only stand there looking agog. It’s a goal worthy of the occasion. A flock of City players swarm around the referee, protesting the goal and claiming that there was a Liverpool handball in the buildup. It did happen on the other end of the pitch and it was accidental, so tough luck lads, the goal stands.
Andy Robertson concedes a corner after clattering into Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese winger looks at the linesman to complain, but he’s told to get up and get on with it. The corner is put out for another corner. City are piling on the pressure already, and Liverpool look a bit dazed. They need to snap out of this fugue.
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City go on the offensive from the get-go. It appears as though Pep Guardiola is unwilling to play the waiting game tonight. City win a corner in the second minute, but nothing comes of it, with Liverpool players falling over each other in their eagerness to close down and block off passing avenues.
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And we’re off! Manchester City need this win more than Liverpool do, but they might be hesitant of going for it full tilt, with the counter-attacking capabilities that Liverpool have at their disposal. Either way, this promises to be an absolute thriller, with goals galore!
A title decider as early as November, with only 11 games played?
It’s not unusual for Liverpool vs Manchester City clash to be billed as one. In Spain’s LaLiga, during the heydays of Barcelona and Real Madrid, the El Clasico showdowns would ultimately decide the course of the title race, as both of them were expected to win all their other matches. This spoke for the chasm of quality between the top two teams and the rest of the league. So it was last season when there was a difference of 25 points between second-placed Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea.
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The perfect occasion to break that Anfield duck?
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Manchester United beat Brighton 3-1 to jump seven places into seventh place, with the Red Devils’ goals coming courtesy of Marcus Rashford, Andreas Pereira and an own goal from Davy Propper. Lewis Dunk scored Brighton’s only goal of the game. In the other match of the evening, Wolves beat Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.
Hello and welcome to Firstpost’s coverage of the Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Manchester City!
League leaders Liverpool will play host to defending champions Manchester City at Anfield, in a match that is expected to have great consequence in the race for the Premier League title. In the 2018-19 season, the two clubs were miles ahead of everyone else in the league, and are considered to be title favourites this time around as well. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates from the match!
Preview: Liverpool have lived through many false dawns in the 29 years since last lifting a league title, but the class of 2019/20 have the chance to prove they are the real deal when reigning champions Manchester City visit Anfield on Sunday.
City’s relentless hunger to push the bar to new heights under Pep Guardiola has kept Liverpool waiting. Despite posting the third-highest points tally in English top-flight history last season with 97, Liverpool lost out by a solitary point as City backed up their 100-point campaign with 98 to retain the title.
Beset by defensive injuries, those standards have slipped slightly at the start of this season, allowing Jurgen Klopp’s men to open up a six-point lead ahead of Sunday’s battle between the top two.
“Last season we won the Premier League (against) the best contender I ever faced in my career. Right now Liverpool are the strongest team in the world. Playing at Anfield, we know what it means for them and for all their rivals,” said Guardiola on Friday.
Revitalised since Klopp took charge four years ago, Liverpool have not lost a home game in the Premier League since April 2017.
Their solitary defeat in the last 50 league games on any ground came away to City in January in a titanic tussle that ultimately decided the title race.
The consistency of both sides has seen this fixture become English football’s biggest game in recent seasons.
In 2017/18 it was Liverpool who ended City’s quest for an unbeaten league season and thrashed Guardiola’s men 5-1 on aggregate in an ill-tempered Champions League quarter-final.
“It’s getting bigger and bigger. Man City is a pretty good football team. Thank God there is a rivalry because that means we are not in bad place as well,” said Klopp.
While City have suffered shock defeats to Norwich and Wolves in the first 11 games of the season, Liverpool have had the air of champions in recent weeks with their ability to fight to the end for their rewards.
Late goals against Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester United and Aston Villa have earned Klopp’s men an extra eight points in the past month alone.
Now they have the perfect opportunity to press home their advantage against a City side further weakened at the back by an injury to goalkeeper Ederson.
The erratic Claudio Bravo, who was sent-off for a characteristic charge from his goal against Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek, will start a Premier League game for the first time since May 2018.
A longer-term injury to Aymeric Laporte has already destabilised City’s title defence with midfielder Fernandinho forced to deputise at centre-back, while left-back Benjamin Mendy is still to find his best form after two injury plagued seasons.
“It’s a big game, two really good teams face each other. The best news is it’s at Anfield,” added Klopp.
Guardiola insisted all will not be lost in the case of his fourth defeat in five visits to Anfield as City boss, but knows how much of a mountain it would leave his side to climb.
“It never ends in November. It will be more difficult when you see a team like Liverpool, who lost once last season and is unbeaten this season. So you can imagine that they are not going to lose many games but the season is long, and a lot of situations can happen,” said the Catalan.