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Liverpool crush Manchester City,move eight points clear

Liverpool crush Manchester City,move eight points clear

Liverpool FC on Sunday extended their lead at the English Premiership League to nine points with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Manchester City.

Two first half goals from Fabinho and Mo Sallah as well as a fine header from Sadio Mane in the early minutes of second half gave Liverpool a comfortable lead.

Bernado Silva scored for Manchester City in a game marred by furious protests by the two coaches – Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola – over questionable officiating.

On the field, the gap was two goals. In the table, it is nine points. And Liverpool are worth it. All of it. The goals, the points, the incredible distance they have placed between themselves and last season’s champions in the briefest of interludes. They are worth every last inch of their stride to the summit.

City did not summer well. They did not repair and replace at the back and, on Sunday, it showed. Jurgen Klopp has been building this team for several years. That showed, too. City could find no way through Liverpool’s back line until it was too late – by contrast every Liverpool foray appeared capable of delivering results. Sometimes a team gets into such a good place it is almost as if they forget how to lose. That is where Liverpool seem to be right now. It is more than the old cliche about winning without playing well. It is making the absolute most of opportunity, about riding a little luck, about summoning the resilience to see out a storm.

Liverpool did all three in the first-half here. It wasn’t that they outplayed Manchester City. The champions did rather well in open play. Yet while City found themselves thwarted and smothered, so Liverpool’s counter-attacks were little moments of perfection. When they got a chance, they took it. When they got a sniff, they took that, too.

It was an even game, yet Liverpool went in at half-time two goals clear, and it is hard to say they didn’t deserve it. There is something hugely impressive about this team and the way Jurgen Klopp has them playing.

 

The statistics suggest a closer game than this was, Liverpool ahead early and convincingly clear within the hour. Plus, when one team always looked like scoring and the other has a blanket thrown over it for roughly 80 minutes, the outcome is fairly predictable. From the sixth minute onwards, this was Liverpool’s victory.

 

 

 

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