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Liverpool vs Manchester City. Premier League.


Liverpool 4

  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain (9th minute)
  • R Firmino (59th minute)
  • S Mané (61st minute)
  • M Salah (68th minute)

Manchester City 3

  • L Sané (40th minute)
  • B Silva (84th minute)
  • I Gündogan (91st minute)

Liverpool 4-3 Man City: Reds inflict first domestic defeat of season on City

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Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City

Liverpool brought Manchester City's unbeaten domestic run crashing to an end with a scintillating 4-3 victory at Anfield on Nissan Super Sunday.

Sensational goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in nine devastating second-half minutes saw Liverpool become the first British side to beat Pep Guardiola's men since Arsenal in the FA Cup last April, ending their 33-game unbeaten domestic run in the process.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had fired the Reds ahead inside nine minutes, only for Leroy Sane to haul the runaway Premier League leaders level before half-time.

Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan set up a tense finale, and Sergio Aguero headed a late chance wide, but Liverpool held on to avenge September's 5-0 thumping at the hands of City, whose 81-year wait for a league double over the Reds extended.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Karius (6), Gomez (6), Lovren (6), Matip (7), Robertson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Can (8), Oxlade-Chamberlain (8), Salah (8), Mane (8), Firmino (8).

Subs: Milner (6), Lallana (6), Klavan (n/a).

Man City: Ederson (5), Walker (6), Otamendi (5), Stones (5), Delph (5), Fernandinho (6), Gundogan (6), Sterling (5), De Bruyne (6), Sane (6), Aguero (5).

Subs: Danilo (5), B. Silva (6).

Man of the Match: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Both sides lived up to their pre-match billing, trading blows from the first whistle before Liverpool drew first blood as Oxlade-Chamberlain's low 20-yard drive flew past Ederson.

Liverpool continued to exert pressure but City steadied themselves and almost levelled through Aguero on 20 minutes, but he narrowly missed Kevin De Bruyne's cross.

Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liv
Image: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates giving Liverpool a ninth-minute lead

Dejan Lovren, filling in for the injured Virgil van Dijk, then deflected a Sane shot inches wide soon after, while a bobbling De Bruyne effort saw City register their first attempt on target with 35 minutes on the clock.

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Ederson was a match to Salah's curled effort but the same could not be said for Loris Karius in the 40th minute as Sane's fierce near-post drive flashed home to haul City level before the interval.

Leroy Sane scores for Manchester City against Liverpool in the Premier League.
Image: Leroy Sane scores for Manchester City against Liverpool in the Premier League.

The second half continued in the same vein as Nicolas Otamendi crashed a header against the bar on 51 minutes, but Liverpool then embarked on a scintillating spell from which City could not recover.

Ederson made saves from Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain in quick succession before Salah clipped the bar at the end of a pulsating 56th minute. But the pressure soon told as Firmino shrugged off John Stones before chipping over the City 'keeper and into the net via the post.

Team news

Jurgen Klopp decided not to risk Virgil van Dijk, who sat out due to a hamstring strain, as Dejan Lovren returned. Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum returned in the two other changes from Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Everton. Ederson, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero were recalled as Pep Guardiola made six changes to the side that beat Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

Mane then struck the post before thundering home a left-footed drive from the edge of the area, and a shell-shocked City went further behind as Salah punished Ederson's poor clearance to make it four with a lofted, long-range strike.

Substitute Silva and Gundogan threatened to inspire the most remarkable comeback but, after Aguero headed wide in stoppage-time, City were left to come to terms with their first Premier League defeat since losing at Chelsea on April 5 2017.

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (L) celebrates scoring their third goal to extend their lead 3-1 with Liverpool's Scottish defender Andrew Rob
Image: Sadio Mane put Liverpool 3-1 up with a thunderous left-footed drive

Opta stats

  • Liverpool inflicted Manchester City's first Premier League defeat since last April against Chelsea, bringing an end to their 30-game unbeaten run.
  • Pep Guardiola has lost five matches against Jurgen Klopp in his managerial career, more than against any other manager.
  • This was Manchester City's first 4-3 defeat in the Premier League since they lost to Manchester United by that scoreline in September 2009.
  • Manchester City's run of 22 matches unbeaten from the start of the season can be bettered by only two teams in Premier League history - Arsenal in 2003-04 (38 games) and Man Utd in 2010/11 (24 games).
  • Mo Salah has scored 24 goals and assisted another seven in 30 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.

The managers

Jurgen Klopp: "That's a game which proves why many people love this game. That is football. That's how football can look if two teams combine quality, skills with attitude. I never thought the result would be 4-1, even when we were 4-1 up, because for them it's always possible to come back. But we deserved the three points."

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Jurgen Klopp praised both Liverpool and Manchester City for the way both sides played during the Reds' 4-3 win over league leaders City

Pep Guardiola: "Congratulations Liverpool for the victory. I have to give credit to the opponent. We know how difficult Anfield is and how aggressive Jurgen Klopp's side are. We tried to make good build-up and found the spaces sometimes, but credit to Liverpool. You have to live this kind of situation during the season."

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their 4-3 win over his side and insisted that they must now turn focus on their next game

Man of the Match - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Many questions have been asked about how Liverpool will go about replacing Philippe Coutinho but Oxlade-Chamberlain showed he is ready to step up.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane (left) and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (centre) appear dejected as Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after t

The former Arsenal forward has had a slow start to his Anfield career but he was outstanding on this occasion. His goal was a superb individual effort, with a crisp low drive capping a fine run. He seemed everywhere thereafter, contributing in defence and attack.

What's next?

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Liverpool return to action at Swansea on Monday Night Football on January 22, while Manchester City look to return to winning ways two days earlier when they host Newcastle.

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