Despite a late onslaught from the visitors, Liverpool held on to hand Manchester City their first defeat of the season.
Liverpool didn’t read the script within the first 10 minutes when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring with a fine strike to put his side in the lead. There was no way Ederson was going to save that!
Following that goal, there were chances from both sides as Mohamed Salah was foiled from close range and despite Sergio Aguero being fed through by Kevin De Bruyne, the Argentinian couldn’t quite finish off the move. Loris Karius made light work of an attempted cross from De Bruyne to Aguero who was running into the box. A too heavy touch from the Belgian perhaps?
Liverpool continued to threaten with a chance from Mohamed Salah whose shot from distance was saved by Ederson.
Manchester City equalised with five minutes to go until the break with Leroy Sane beating Karius at the near post. The Germany winger beat both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to strike for his side. Surely Karius has got to do better there?! And with the stick he and Simon Mignolet are getting, he really isn’t doing much justice for himself.
Shortly before the break, Fernandinho attempted an adventurous strike from way out early on, but his effort glided wide of the target. That was some way to keep Karius at bay there! Imagine if he had scored from there?! Gamechanger!
Honours were even at the break as it finished 1-1.
The first real chance came from Pep Guardiola’s side when a corner found Nicolas Otamendi whose headed effort hit the bar! Lucky for Karius there!
Jurgen Klopp’s side threatened the league leaders with chances of their own too with a blocked effort from Salah and one from Oxlade-Chamberlain who couldn’t quite finish his move from where Sane finished.
The hosts were back in the lead with 30 minutes to go when Roberto Firmino got the better of John Stones to strike home for his following an assist from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Kyle Walker wanted the Brazilian to be penalised for an alleged foul on Stones, but maybe he didn’t read the rule of playing to the whistle…
The men in red could’ve been further head following a perfect strike from Sadio Mane which his the woodwork! Oh, what a goal that could’ve been!
The Senegalese did score eventually following an assist from Firmino! Liverpool were taking the game in their stride at this point!
Liverpool were running riot with just 20 minutes to go following a calamitous error from Ederson which Salah took good advantage of! Ederson’s poor mistake summed up his side at that point.
Manchester City sought to get back into the game and a well-timed cross from De Bruyne found Otamendi who was at the near post, but the latter failed to finish.
Substitute Bernardo Silva shortened the deficit for his side with a goal from close range, then Ilkay Gundogan made scored the third for his side soon after following an assist from Aguero.
Manchester City were right back in it now and they could feel they could still score late on, but Liverpool hung on to become the first side to defeat Manchester City this season.
Thoughts on the game
It was one of those games which was difficult to tell what would happen, though Liverpool had the psychological upper hand given that Manchester City hadn’t beaten them away since 2003.
Though Liverpool won, their defence was told the story of themselves thus far in the season. Ederson won the “battle of the bad keepers” when his glaring error won ultimately won the game for Liverpool and whilst Karius was equally as bad, he survived as he was on the winning team and he won’t get panned as much.
So, that’s that gold Premier League trophy at Arsenal HQ safe for another season as Guardiola’s side are left pondering how and why they fell short on this occasion. As for Liverpool, they’re right in the second place battle, along with Manchester United and Chelsea as all three sides are locked on 47 points with only goal difference separating the sides.
Manchester City will be raring to put this game behind them when they entertain Newcastle United (good luck to Jack, Billie, and Joe), then Liverpool play away to Swansea City next Monday in the “Brendan Rodgers derby.”