After a game completely under control for 70 minutes, Liverpool has logically imposed Sunday against Manchester City (3-1). Pep Guardiola can scream at the arbitral scandal: the Reds take, for good, the advantage in the title race.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
Goals: Fabinho (6e) Salah (13e) and Mane (51e) for Liverpool // Silva (78e) for City.If we had to take up the challenge of summing up this lively Liverpool-Manchester City in one sentence, let's try this: the performance of the premises was as perfect as Fabinho's opener. Pure, without fuss, without effects. It must be seen, the tall lanky: he floats as much in his shirt as in the field, is never dribbled, rarely dribbling. A model of the genre, while controlling and shifting, as the evening game of Reds, whose combinations on the wings ended up making the heads of Pep Guardiola's men beaten three times. We were waiting for an exchange of sweets, it was a butchery: Liverpool takes nine points ahead of City, and has just hit a huge blow in the race for the title in the Premier League.
This Liverpool-City having become the new strong rivalry of the English football and, probably since two years, the most beautiful poster of the world football, it was necessary some spades to seal the statute. " The Classic», They say in the press across the Channel? Here are the recepients: " Mane the diverFrom Guardiola; " Smart of him to get the referee's attentionFrom Senegalese, Klopp's caresses at "best coach in the worldAnd on the meadow, the torgnoles. The shot of Fabinho, dubbed by Graeme Souness as best 6 of the world this Sunday morning in theTimes, pierce the nets of Claudio Bravo and the veil of consensus: Pep screams in flight for an obvious hand of Robertson in the surface ofpool, but forget that it is that of Bernardo Silva who allowed the ball to rush into it (1-0, 6e).
The debates are open and, while City misses two big opportunities on lethal kicks De Bruyne (Sterling, 9e and Aguero 12e), Salah seals the hold-up of the header on a Robertson bouncing center wonder (2-0, 13e). Pep spits on it. Bile, logical, when his people dominate sterilely, probably because of some technical inaccuracies of KDB and the lack of inspiration of Aguero, never striker at Anfield, who repeatedly stumbles on Alisson (25).e, 41e, 45 + 1e). Angelino, surprise holder in place of Benjamin Mendy, even touches the pole of the latter, often requested, but rarely endangered. In fact, the essential is elsewhere: in the midfield, Fabinho and Wijnaldum extinguish Gundoğan and Rodri. No more complicated than that.
The executioner of Pep
Sterling plays upside down. Fernandinho plays backwards. Worse: Kyle Walker plays upside down, and on both sides of the court. His unseen centers respond to Sadio Mane's bad cover on a center at Henderson's second post, and now the shock turns into Smurfs' porridge (3-0, 51).e). We can think of this figure: City has not won at Anfield since May 3, 2003, a time when Milan Baroš, Gerard Houllier and Kevin Keegan feasted, and where the man of the match was Nicolas Anelka. Here, we could definitely salute the work of Jurgen Klopp, executioner for the ninth time of Guardiola (Mourinho is five), while the Spaniard is slow to replace the Kun by Gabriel Jesus.
The entry of the Brazilian offers a bit of going toCitizens, which multiply the dangerous positions as Sterling takes over Alexander-Arnold (53e, 68e, 80e). The pressure is increasing steadily. Bernardo Silva reduces the score on the left (3-1, 78e), then Guardiola screams again to scandal when TAA deflects a center of Sterling with a lightly peeled hand. His two fingers erect and his cry – "TWICE– will not be enough to motivate Kyle-Walker to plant his head in the cages of Alisson (85e). It was beautiful, it was strong. Finally, not for everyone: this Sunday night, City has been led to score this season over the whole of last year, and already has as much defeat (4). Maybe that's what we could call diving.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alison – Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson – Henderson (Milner, 61)e), Fabinho, Wijnaldum – Salah (Gomez, 86)e), Firmino (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 78)e), Mane. Coach: Jurgen KloppManchester City (4-3-3): Bravo – Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino – De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundoğan – Bernardo Silva, Aguero (Gabriel, 71e), Sterling. Coach: Pep Guardiola
By Theo Denmat