After series of great wins and daunting displays, Liverpool were eventually brought to a humble stop by second placed Manchester City in what was Jurgen Klopp’s first loss of the Premier League season.
The dream is invisibility by the Merseyside reds is gone, and City swipe left to buy themselves another chance to a Premier League title defence with a 2-1 win against Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to goals Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane to ensure Roberto Firmino’s equalizer was not enough to preserve their unbeaten run.
Prior to this fixture, Liverpool had a six points lead over formerly second placed Tottenham Hotspur, with a possibility of extending that lead to nine points had they won against the citizens. However City weren’t ready to go from difficult to nearly impossible as they set for battle and emerged victorious in what could prove to be their most important game of the season.
Sadio Mane nearly shackled the hosts when his 18th minute attempt came off the post, and John stones nearly gifted the goal to the Merseyside reds with his attempted clearance.
However, Manchester City were the first to take the lead in the tie with City striker Sergio Aguero slotting the first beyond Becker Allison at his near post to give City a first half lead just five minutes to half time.
20 minutes into the second half and Liverpool came roaring back into the game. Roberto Firmino heading home from Andy Robertson’s ball across goal after being found by Trent Alexander Arnold.
Leroy Sane however restored City’s lead six minutes later, the German racing on to Raheem Sterling’s pass to finish at the far post and eventually see the citizens win the game.
It was a pulsating fixture which saw City midfielder Fernandinho take charge of Guardiola’s midfield, proving important again and at the same time giving Pep Guardiola something to worry about, with age seemingly no longer at his service.
The win sees Manchester City return to within four points of reach to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool who would be hoping to bounce back from their first defeat of the season and the year.
Liverpool visit Brighton & Hove Albion on the 12th of January, while Manchester City will be tested once more by Nuno Espirito Santo’s impressive Wolverhampton wanderers two days later.