Manchester City Crush Liverpool To Move A Step Closer To The Premier League Title
Manchester City crushed Liverpool at Anfield to move a step closer to the Premier League title.
Liverpool hosted Manchester City to play their 23rd fixture of the Premier League at Anfield. This match was one of the fiercest rivalries in English football over recent seasons with both the teams competing for the top prizes, both domestically and in Europe. Pep Guardiola’s side had not lost a single game since they went down 2-0 to Tottenham in November and a win in this match would be their 10th in the row in the top-flight. Consequently, it would send them 10 points clear off Liverpool with a game in hand.
Jurgen Klopp made four changes from the Liverpool side which had defeated Brighton on Wednesday. On the other hand, Guardiola made two changes as Foden and Zinchenko were replacing Jesus and Laporte. Everyone was excited about this match as it was going to be really interesting. Manchester City was looking for some points to secure their claim over the title whereas Liverpool was looking forward to climbing up the table.
Match Summary: Manchester City vs Liverpool:
The match began as Manchester City kicked off and Liverpool was pressing from the beginning of the match. They managed to force Zinchenko right to the touchline but Manchester City’s left-back did well to keep it in. He recycled the possession back to Dias with the visitors being able to retain it. It appeared that Foden was fitting in brilliantly with Sterling and Mahrez flanking the youngster. For Liverpool, Wijnaldum was sitting in the center of midfield with Thiago on the right side. There were some casual passing between Jones and Alisson that gave Silva a chance to press which the playmaker did well. He forced the Liverpool goalkeeper into a rather rushed clearance.
Manchester City’s maintained good possession of the ball but did not create much and it was Liverpool who was controlling the game prodding and probing as they looked to find a way through. However, in the 36th minute of the game, the visitors had a chance to take the lead. Sterling got into the area and drew a clumsy trailing leg from Fabinho and the referee pointed straight to the spot. İlkay Gündoğan stood up for taking the spot-kick but was unable to make proper use of it as he fired the ball off the target. At the end of the first half, the Reds were awarded a freekick which was blocked by Manchester City’s wall. The half ended as it was still at a goalless stalemate.
The second half began as Manchester City took the lead in the 49th minute of the game. Foden found Sterling who easily got around Alexander-Arnold and then found Foden again. The 20-year old midfielder’s shot was saved by Allison. However, Gündoğan made amends for his missed penalty and shot the ball high into the net. Consequently, the score was 1-0 in the favor of the visitors. Now, Liverpool needed to get a goal so they could level the game.
There was still plenty of time left for Liverpool to get back into this and Klopp’s team knew that they were still in the game. Consequently, they got the equalizer in the 63rd minute of the game as they were awarded a penalty. Salah got the better of Dias and drew a slight tug on his sleeve which was enough to win a spot-kick. Then, the Egyptian forward made no mistake and scored the equalizer. The score was 1-1 in the 63rd minute and now the game was all open once again. Salah’s penalty meant that Liverpool had ended a run of 410 minutes without a goal at Anfield.
In the 73rd minute, İlkay Gündoğan made it 2-1 for his side. It was due to a highly shocking error from Allison. After getting away a second earlier, the goalkeeper tried to play a pass out from the back. However, Foden easily intercepted the pass. The latter then brilliantly got beyond a group of defenders before prodding in for Gündoğan to tap in his second goal. As a result, the visitors had once again got into the lead.
Later on, Sterling scored his 100th goal under Pep Guardiola. It was also the 3rd goal for the Sky Blues and another Alisson howler. The Liverpool shot-stopper again tried to play it out from his area and once more only succeeded in finding Silva. The Portuguese midfielder got down the byline and remained calm to loft a cute cross to the back post. Sterling was on hand to head into an empty net and easily converted this opportunity.
Finally, in the 83rd minute of the game, Foden sealed the win for Manchester City. The 20-year-old midfielder scored his side’s 4th goal of the game. He cut in from the right, squared up his marker, and thumped a dashing strike beyond Alisson into the top right corner. Now, it seemed like the game was over for Liverpool. However, they were still trying to attack and get some consolation. But, those three Manchester City strikes in the space of 10 minutes had surely finished the game for them. Consequently, Klopp’s team stood on the end of a thrashing.
Liverpool tried their best to break the Sky Blues’ defense but was unable to convert it for good. Finally, the second half ended with a score of 4-1 as Manchester City had dominated the game completely. Pep Guardiola’s men are now 10 points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool. The Reds had suffered their joint heaviest premier league defeat. Anyhow, they will now be facing Leicester City this weekend. On the other hand, Manchester City will be locking heads with Tottenham on the same day.