In what has to be the game of the season so far, Liverpool ended talk of Manchester City going the whole season unbeaten by defeating them 4-3 in a thrilling game at Anfield. The Citizens had not lost a league game in 9 months prior to the clash at Liverpool, but a second half blitz ensured that The Reds continued their run of not losing home and away to Manchester City in the same season.
It is now 81 years since City did the double over Liverpool but after Leroy Sane’s equalizer, it looked as though Pep Guardiola had finally mastered a way to stop Jurgen Klopp’s marauding attacking players.
Spectacular goals from Firmino, Mane and Salah in a 9-minute second half blitz made grim reading but City came back fighting in the latter stages of the half, scoring twice through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan as The Reds held on for a nervy finish.
Both teams signaled their intention early on to play attacking football but former Arsenal midfielder, Alex Chamberlain opened the scoring with a well-driven shot that surged past Ederson Moraes in goal for Manchester City, though the young Brazilian shotstopper should perhaps have gone better to stop.
Leroy Sane however hauled City level with a brilliant solo 4un before firing a shot past the outstretched arms of Loris Karius who didn’t cover his near post properly. Chamberlain was the of the match, scoring one and creating another player his best game in a Liverpool shirt after initially struggling to cope with the philosophy of Jurgen Klopp. It was a complete performance from the player, who showed that he could be the replacement of Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona last week.
Time and time again, he harried the City players and forced them into mistakes. Guardiola has now suffered five defeats against Klopp, the most he has lost against any other manager. Liverpool return to action at Swansea on Monday Night Football on January 22, while Manchester City look to return to winning ways two days earlier when they host Newcastle.