Liverpool stop Man City Juggernauts

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Liverpool FC players: beat Manchester City

Liverpool had inflicted the first defeat of the season on English Premier League leaders Manchester City, holding out to beat the juggernauts  4-3 at Anfield.

Liverpool, even without their midfield maestro, Philippe Coutinho, led the encounter 4-1, up till the  84th minute before Bernardo Silva and IIkay Guendogan scored two goals for city in six minutes to reduce the deficit.

The Reds proved at Anfield that there is life for the team without Coutinho, sold to Barcelona last week.

Jurgen Klopp ranged   an attack-minded line-up against City and was rewarded with a scintillating 4-3 win.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes stunned Pep Guardiola’s men.

Two late goals gave City hope but they fell just short in their desperate bid to keep their unbeaten run going.

The result means that City remain 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table ahead of United’s match at home to struggling Stoke on Monday. Liverpool leapfrog Chelsea into third spot.

Klopp’s side, in their first match since Philippe Coutinho left to join Barcelona, showed they still have enviable depth in attack, taking the lead in the ninth minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain marauded forward and thundered a shot past City stopper Ederson.

The home side held onto their lead until five minutes before half-time, when Leroy Sane gathered a raking cross-field ball from Kyle Walker and beat Loris Karius at his near post with a rasping left-foot shot that the Liverpool keeper should have saved.

Guardiola’s team looked in control after the break before Liverpool’s goal glut.

Roberto Firmino dinked a clever shot in off the post following a through-ball by Oxlade-Chamberlain and just two minutes later Sadio Mane smashed a shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.

With City rocking, Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s fourth with a left-footed shot from more than 35 yards out after Ederson had misplaced a clearance.

City scored late through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but ran out of time in their search for a dramatic equaliser.

 


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