Leroy Sane’s 72nd minute ice-cool finish proved the decisive moment in last night’s intense battle at the Etihad that’s leaves Manchester City sitting in 2nd place four points behind Liverpool. Had Liverpool won the gap would have been 10 and surely insurmountable.
Liverpool 5/6 Favourites
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, still 5/6 favourites to lift the title in May, would have been disappointed with match official Anthony Taylor’s decision not to send off City skipper Vincent Kompany for his 31st minute challenge on Mo Salah. In City’s last match Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg challenged City’s Fernandinho in a very similar way and received a straight red. Taylor produced a yellow for Kompany. Klopp will also be hoping star defender Joe Gomez returns from injury soon as his replacement, Croatian Dejan Lovren, is clearly not one of the best central defenders in the world as he himself said during last year’s World Cup. He played critical parts in both City goals and nearly set up Raheem Sterling for a third which would have been his first goal since joining City from Liverpool in 2015
Agüero In 7th Heaven
In the 40th minute Sergio Agüero, from a very tight angle, put City in front. That’s 7 home goals against Liverpool for him. Liverpool hit back in the 64th minute after great work by both fullbacks. Trent Alexander-Arnold, picked out Andrew Robertson with a fine left footed cross, which Robertson cushioned across the 6 yard box for Roberto Firmino to head in. Eight minutes later Sterling set up Sane for his winner that went in off Liverpool’s keeper Alisson’s left post.
Title Race On
Liverpool, who lost at City 5-0 last season when Sado Mane received a 37th minute red card for dangerous play, will have to pick themselves up and avoid any kind of blip for the rest of the season.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.