Liverpool after a 3-1 victory with nine points ahead


Jurgen Klopp decided the coaching duel with Pep Guardiola for himself. Photo: Peter Byrne / PA Wire / dpa

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The unbeaten leader Liverpool wins the top match against Man City and extends its lead. Defending champions City fall behind in the Premier League table and are now fourth behind the strong second Leicester City and third FC Chelsea.

Liverpool (AP) – Coach Jurgen Klopp has made with Liverpool another important step to the much-anticipated football championship in England.

The Premier League leaders defeated defending champion Manchester City 3-1 (2-0) and are now nine points ahead of Pep Guardiola's team. Fabinho (6th minute), Mohamed Salah (13th) and Sadio Mane (51.) made fun of their goals on Matchday 12 at Anfield. The score of Bernardo Silva (78 ') for the guests came too late.

"The guys were completely focused and focused," praised Klopp BBC. "It was good, that's the only way we can beat City." His Reds have thus brought 34 counters from the first twelve league games. Man City (25) is only in fourth place in the international break.

Whether Guardiola can catch up with the back of the leader with his team yet? "No idea," the city coach said slightly annoyed at Sky Sports. "I'm not a magician, I can not look to the future." In front of Man City and eight points behind leaders Liverpool are the tied clubs Leicester City (2/26 points) and Chelsea (3rd place).

At first, Man City seemed better in Anfield. And after just a few minutes, the visitors demanded a penalty because Trent Alexander-Arnold touched the ball in the penalty area with his arm. But instead, Fabinho shot Liverpool in the lead with the first chance in the lead. City put more pressure, but with the next counterattack, Salah headed home 2-0.

Also in the second half, the Guardiola team – with Claudio Bravo for the injured Ederson in goal – did not give up. But especially Sergio Aguero missed the goal several times. Liverpool did better. Mane also hit head-on against vulnerable Citizens. After Silva hit the champions put the Reds again under significant pressure, but came in the hectic final phase only to the consensus goal.

Leicester City conquered second place on Saturday with a 2-0 (0-0) victory over the troubled Arsenal. Jamie Vardy (68) and James Maddison (75) met for the 2016 champion, who is currently in better shape than at the same time in the championship season. Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers assured: "We're not really thinking about the title race."

Arsenal, who started again with the German ex-national Mesut Ozil in the starting lineup, is knocked off with 17 points sixth. Directly behind it is with 16 points record champions Manchester United, who won on Sunday with 3: 1 (2: 0) against Brighton & Hove Albion. Andreas Pereira (17), Davy PrOpper (19th / home) and Marcus Rashford (66) met for Man United, Lewis Dunk (64 ') for Brighton.

Match report Liverpool vs Man City

Match Report Man United vs Brighton

Match report Leicester against Arsenal

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