Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

Jan 05, 2019, 00:05
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

Manchester City has renewed hope it won't be surrendering the trophy at all.

Leroy Sane's second half victor has seen Manchester City close the gap to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table to just four points, with Pep Guardiola's side earning a crucial 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

Sadio Mane found Roberto Firmino down the right-hand side, and his cross into the center was almost headed into Man City's net by Fernandinho, but Ederson was quick to react and prevent the own goal. However, it was Manchester City using Liverpool's pressing and counterattack to score the game victor.

Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC on January 3, 2019. "It had wild moments".

The loss means Liverpool's advantage at the top of the table was cut to four points.

"We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them".

Oly the finest of margins denied Liverpool the lead on 19 minutes when Sadio Mane burst onto Mohamed Salah's pass and saw his shot come back off the inside of the post.

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John Stones tried to clear it off the line but the clearance rebounded off goalkeeper Alisson. It proved just enough, as goal-line technology ruled out the score.

Kompany received a yellow card from referee Anthony Taylor after his crunching lunge left Salah in a crumpled pile in the middle of the pitch, with many believing the Belgian should've seen red - including former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg.

"I thought it was a great challenge". A player makes a decision, goes on the ground, makes a sliding tackle and wants to defend the situation.

"If Mo can go through (on goal) what happens then?" I got the ball, a little bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty.

We strike back. We lost at Manchester City but we have to show constantly that we are on top of our game. "Was it not? All right", Kompany told Sky Sports.

"Everyone knows Fernandinho is important for us", Sane explained after the win.

City have been tested and come through - they won the title a year ago and contain a core of players who also won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.

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The equalizer was created by the fullbacks in the 64th.

Just when Liverpool was gaining momentum, City roared back in front from a blistering counterattack.

The 29-year-old centre-back said last month, "Hopefully, we can be unbeaten until the end of the season".

"We could have drawn, we could have won it and that's how it is".

It was a game that Guardiola said his side could not lose and the magnitude of the match was not lost on the players, with both teams playing at a frantic pace.

"There were others moments when we took the ball and accelerated, not immediately passing, because if you can outplay the counter-press every team in the world struggles, even City".

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