More realistic, Liverpool has hit a big blow by having Manchester City (3-1) this Sunday in the Premier League. More than ever leaders, the Reds relegate their main competitor 9 lengths, even if the arbitration may leak a lot of 'ink…
This November 10 may mark a turning point in the Premier League season! Leader, Liverpool has dictated its double champion, Manchester City, beat 3-1 and relived 9 points after the 12th day.
Much more realistic, the Reds have fully exploited the flaws of a Mancunian defense diminished by absences.
The cannon of Fabinho
In the mood of Anfield, the start of the game was the advantage of the men of Pep Guardiola who took the local throat with their high pressing. But the champions of Europe do not need much to be dangerous. Following a move rat Gndogan, the ball came back Fabinho who opened the score of a missile 20 meters (1-0, 6th)! Superb, even if the visitors were just wrong because of a pretty obvious hand of Alexander-Arnold from the action, not reported by the VAR.
Salah and Man kill the Citizens
Still, the Skyblues folded again in the crowd on a head of Salah (2-0, 13th). Two chances, two goals: the men of Jrgen Klopp were intractable before leaving the game to Citizens. Globally serene, however, the locals were afraid of an attempt by Agero, turned by Alisson, and especially on a shot Angelino who found outside the post after being defeated by van Dijk.
The Reds went out more and tried to pitch the shot before the break, but Firmino missed the frame before bumping into Bravo. In two stages, the Chilean answered again presented on a shot of Salah. The two teams continued to go for blow and Agero put Alisson contribution. Back in the locker room, Manchester City again pressed the accelerator but, as early in the game, Liverpool showered his opponent and Man folded the match with a head-to-tail (3-0, 51st). Hsitant, Bravo was not irreproachable on this one …
City wakes up too late
The Klopp band then drank before making a few fears in the last quarter of an hour when the Citizens woke up. Bernardo Silva took the opportunity to reduce the score of a good recovery (3-1, 78th), while Alexander-Arnold was again happy to escape the penalty despite a new hand … Guardiola ranted at the edge of the field , but Liverpool held their victory, standing 8 points clear of Leicester, his new dolphin. City falls in 4th position.
The note of the match: 8/10
Intensity, the show, a technical quality impeccable (as transversal russies!): This shock at the top of the championship will have kept all its promises in an Anfield great nights. The difference was mostly about effectiveness against the goal, even if the Citizens could rightly complain about the arbitration and the decisions of the VAR.
The goals :
– Pressurized after a Man center, Gndogan misses his move and the ball reaches Fabinho. Full axis 20 meters, the Brazilian controls and arms a right missile that beats Bravo flush with his post (1-0, 6th).
– On a long transverse, Alexander-Arnold finds his left side Robertson which centers in the surface. Salah darts between Fernandinho and Angelino and shoots Bravo with a pique head in full race (2-0, 13th).
– Right, Henderson manages to center for the second post o Man ahead Walker and head resumes in a closed corner. Late, Bravo insufficiently pushes the ball (3-0, 51).
– After a scramble in the surface of the Reds, Angelino crosses the far post for Bernardo Silva who reduces the score of an instant recovery that returns with the help of the post (3-1, 78th).
NOTES of the players
Maxifoot gave a rating (out of 10) comments on each player.
The man of the match: Fabinho (8/10)
Another XXL match from the Brazilian. Of course, there is the opening of the magnificent score that puts his team on the right track after a difficult first few minutes. But even in the game, former Mongasque made an excellent copy with endless activity and many interceptions that allowed the Reds to win the midfield battle.
Alisson (6): the Brazilian answered this! Without making any standard stop, the goalkeeper was reassuring in his catch of ball, systematically putting Agero in failure. This success is also his.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7): Once again, the right side of the Reds has the guts! In all good moves, the Englishman is the penultimate passer of two goals. Just like his superb incursion in the axis before the break, he will have posed big problems the enemy defense while containing well Sterling, often forced to lock himself. It was however less seen in second period and his two hands in the surface could have rated expensive with a more unfavorable arbitration …
Dejan Lovren (6): new titularis in the absence of Matip, the central defender did not necessarily reassure the fans before the meeting. In the end, the Croatian got off pretty well, he did a good job on Agero and made a saving intervention on a shot from Sterling.
Virgil Van Dijk (7): less imperial at the beginning of the season, the central defender made a very good copy this Sunday. Vigilant on the centers and authoritarian in the duels, the Dutch multiplied the sharp interventions and left only the crumbs to the attacking opponents.
Andrew Robertson (5,5): a decisive smuggler for Salah, the left-sided left had a first quiet act without having the radiation of his right side, Alexander-Arnold. Less reassuring late in the game and late on the goal of Silva.
Jordan Henderson (6): applied match of the captain of the Reds, very available and rather inspired in his transmissions the image of his decisive pass for Man. Replaces the 61st minute by James Milner (not not).
Fabinho (8): read the comment above.
Georginio Wijnaldum (7): big match of the Dutchman who dictated his law in the middle of the field with Fabinho. His recuperations and his ability to break lines and combine with his partners will have hurt.
Sadio Man (7): the origin of the center that brings the first goal and scorer of the head after the locker room, the Senegalese will once again be present at the right place at the right time. We will also remember his consistent efforts.
Roberto Firmino (5.5): little in front of the goal, the image of his two rats before half-time, the striker will have as his habit t precious by his movements. His availability helped the defenders get out of the opposing pressure and his races free space. Replaces the 79th minute by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (not not).
Mohamed Salah (7): Not always successful in recent times, the Egyptian has this time taken the best Angelino he has regularly first. Author of the 2-0 goal of the head, the Pharaoh will have constituted a permanent danger. Replace the 87th minute by Joseph Gomez (not not).
MANCHESTER CITY :
Claudio Bravo (4): Titularis in the absence of Ederson, injured, the goalkeeper delivered a first correct act with including his arrows face Firmino and Salah, but the Chilean procrastinates too much and has a heavy share of responsibility on the purpose of Man.
Kyle Walker (4): Not the most difficult of the Mancunian defensemen, but the right side sometimes has badly closed his hall and he lets himself be ahead of the goal of Man.
Fernandinho (4): little advantage this post of central defender, the Brazilian has not really shown inspiration tonight. Devanc Salah on the 2nd goal, he will be far from being a boss …
John Stones (5): certainly the least bad of the defenders of Skyblues tonight. His physique allowed him to win duels and he was honored to look for the holes left by his teammates.
Angelio (3,5): titularis only for the 2nd time of the season in championship in the absence of Benjamin Mendy, left in tribunes on a choice of Guardiola, the left left one lived a nightmare against Salah that leaves free on 2nd goal. Intressant offensively on the other hand, the image of his post and his decisive pass for Silva.
Ilkay Gundogan (3): After an interesting start to the match, the midfielder commits the fatal ball loss on the opener. The quality of his match was felt as the German has then rat a lot of things and often accuses a train late for his opponents.
Rodri Hernndez (4): pain returned from injury, the rookie was not at best and it felt. The Spaniard often had trouble placing himself and he ran a lot, but in a vacuum …
Kevin De Bruyne (5): inspired by kicking shots at the start of the game, the Belgian has gradually lost the thread of his match and showed a technical trap very unusual.
Bernardo Silva (4,5): his goal saves his match as the Portuguese will have been discreet on his right wing. The former Mongasque will have really struggled to defeat the Reds.
Sergio Aguero (4.5): the center-forward had some opportunities, but he failed to concretize, which in part was the difference compared to the attacking opponents. His technique, however, allowed him to make some differences. Replaced the 71st minute by Gabriel Jesus (not not).
Raheem Sterling (5): whistled on each of his shots by his former public, the winger has long lived a complicated evening, he who was well muzzled by Alexander-Arnold. He ends the match better and tries to force the decision on the hour but Lovren gets in his way.
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LIVERPOOL 3-1 MANCHESTER CITY (half-time: 2-0) – ENGLAND – Premier League / 12th day
Stadium: Anfield – 53,324 spectators – Referee: Michael Oliver
goals : Fabinho (6th) Mohamed Salah (13th) S. Man (51st) for LIVERPOOL – Bernardo Silva (78th) for MANCHESTER CITY
warnings : –
MANCHESTER CITY :