Manchester City vs. Liverpool
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 04, 2019,
Jan 04, 2019, 6:21
Will Liverpool finally end their wait for silverware and achieve their maiden Premier League triumph?
The match started off at a frantic pace, but nerves were seemingly present as players on both sides who are normally so cool with the ball at their feet were found playing stray passes. Liverpool went on to draw twelve games and lost five in the 2017/18 Premier League season.
Manchester City hosts Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in a match with massive title implications on Thursday.
Firmino's equaliser, followed by Sane's victor, capped a pulsating second half, but City's win denied Liverpool the chance to open up a 10-point gap by claiming victory. He saw yellow for the challenge but said he felt it was a good tackle. Guardiola would certainly have been happier at the interval with a one-goal lead and his team playing the relaxed, possession -based football for which they have become renowned. The only team to make rubbish of the relevance of being atop the table at Christmas has been Liverpool. Conversely, Man City can get right back into the title race and leapfrog Tottenham into second place after a pair of recent shocking defeats opened the door for Liverpool and Spurs to pull ahead.
Croatia global Lovren has looked solid alongside Virgil Van Dijk for large spells of the season, but crumbled in the pressure of a crunch fixture and they may have missed the injured Joe Gomez in the heart of defence.
A Liverpool onslaught followed, with Ederson tipping a Salah effort wide, before Bernardo Silva and Sterling missed glorious chances to finish the Reds off - luckily for them, no fightback came and the champions held on. But we are four points behind them and they are the leaders.
And it was all hands to the pump as Liverpool pressed in those chaotic closing moments, although City did not help their own cause with some wayward late finishing.
Despite the £1.39bn net spend overseen by Shiekh Mansour since his takeover in 2008, Riyad Mahrez was the only notable signing to last season's record-breaking team.