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Liverpool 3-1 Man City

Sadio Mane goal v Manchester City
Sadio Mané’s goal was his 16th at Anfield in the Premier League in 2019

Liverpool struck a potentially decisive blow in the Premier League title race as victory over reigning champions Manchester City at Anfield opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Bravo was not at fault for Liverpool’s first two goals but he was suspect for the third. He simply does not give off the assurance and confidence of City’s Brazilian first choice.

David Silva’s midfield influence was also missed but the bottom line is that over the season so far Liverpool have looked the more driven and less flawed team, a fact reflected in the league table.

Manchester City and Guardiola will not give up the fight, as it is only November after all, but it looks a long way back now to catch a Liverpool team that will feel the force is with them.

Man of the match – Fabinho (Liverpool)

Fabinho
Fabinho’s stunning shot set Liverpool on their way, and the Brazilian midfielder excelled throughout

‘What a game’ – manager reaction

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking on BBC 5 Live: “What a game. If you want to win against City you have to do something special and we had to be intense.

“When City started to control it more in the last 15 minutes, it was tense, but then you saw the quality and what the boys can do it. The boys did 75 minutes of unbelievable stuff.”

On the early VAR incident, when a handball claim against Trent Alexander-Arnold was rejected: “I feel sympathy for Pep but I did not see the situation, what I heard is that the ball hit first David Silva’s arm and then Trent Alexander-Arnold.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, speaking on BBC 5 Live: “We lost – we’d liked to win but now we have to rest and prepare for Chelsea next.

“We played an incredible performance, I don’t know how many teams can come to this stadium and play the way we did. They scored with the first shot on target, but we played incredibly well.

“There are three teams that have more chances to win the Premier League than us. We’re in November so let’s see what happens.”

Anfield continues its hold over Man City – the stats

  • Liverpool have won 11 of their first 12 Premier League games this season and lead the table by eight points – only Manchester United in 1993-94 have had a bigger lead after 12 games of a Premier League season (nine points).
  • Man City manager Pep Guardiola has lost eight matches in all competitions against Jurgen Klopp – three more than he has against any other manager.
  • Guardiola has lost more away games at Anfield against Liverpool than he has at any other ground in all competitions (four defeats).
  • This is the fewest points Guardiola has won through his first 12 top-flight league matches of a season (25), and the first time he has been more than three points behind the top of the table at this stage of the season (nine points currently).
  • This was the second time this season that City have conceded three goals in a Premier League game (also 3-2 against Norwich) – they only did so once last season, losing 3-2 to Crystal Palace in December 2018.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 17 home Premier League games against Manchester City (W12 D5 L0) since losing 2-1 in May 2003.
  • Mohamed Salah has been involved in 69 goals in 60 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions (51 goals, 18 assists), scoring in three of his four home appearances against Manchester City in that time.
  • Fabinho’s goal was Liverpool’s ninth from outside the box in all competitions this season – more than any other Premier League side.
  • Since August 2018, Sadio Mané has scored 22 Premier League goals at Anfield for Liverpool – more than any other player has scored at a single venue in that time.
  • Manchester City conceded twice in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game for the first time since December 2016 against Leicester City.
  • Since the start of last season, only Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (16) has provided more Premier League assists than Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson (15).
  • This was Sergio Agüero’s ninth match at Anfield against Liverpool in all competitions for Manchester City – he has never scored there for City, attempting 14 shots without success across those nine games.

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