Liverpool won the clash of the 12th day of Premier League against Manchester City (3-1). At Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's Reds were unyielding and consolidated their lead atop the standings.
Liverpool, royal road to the title? The reigning European champion, still undefeated this season, was a mouthful of Manchester City during the clash of the day in England (3-1). With this success, the eleventh in twelve days, the Liverpool Reds dig the gap at the top of the standings. Unassailables.
In a boiling atmosphere, Liverpool took the lead thanks to an exceptional shot by former Monegasque Fabinho (6 '). If the video referee was studying a possible hand at the start of the action, the goal was validated and the Reds were in front.
They took the break, seven minutes later, on a characteristic action of the team led by Jurgen Klopp. City's missed opportunity, Andrew Robertson's quick-shot attack serving Mohamed Salah alone at the back post (13 '). The Egyptian had only to put his head in opposition to deceive Bravo and put the ball at the bottom of the nets. Two zeros, the break was made before the quarter of an hour of play.
A start to the mad game that brings, still a little more, Liverpool in the history of the English championship. The Merseyside team became the second team, after Leicester, to score two goals in Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the first fifteen minutes of the match.
The half-time, which was thought saving for the Citizens, was more destructive. As they pushed to reduce the score before the referee's whistle, they were jostled for the second period entry by the physical impact and pace imposed by the Reds.
The Reds on a royal road
Sadio Mane, who is among the nominated at the Golden Ball this year, extinguished even all the hopes of the champions of England from the return of the locker room (51 '). From head to point, on which Claudio Bravo, the goalkeeper of City, is not irreproachable, the Senegalese tripled the bet.
To the applause, the "Ole" and the "You'll never walk alone" supporters in the Anfield bays, Liverpool was managing the end of the game. Before Bernardo Silva, also a former Rock, does not reduce the gap of a nice flat left foot (78 '). Manchester City hoped that this goal would revive the suspense.
But the VAR, introduced since the beginning of the year in the English championship, created a new controversy late in the game. On a Sterling center, the ball is deflected by the hand of his compatriot Alexander Arnold in the Liverpool area. The referee did not flinch, the game continued, and Guardiola came out of his hinges on the edge of the lawn.
Despite the many chances of Citizens late in the game, the champions of England failed to force, at least a second time, the lock of the Reds. At the final whistle, it was a whole stadium that rose to salute Liverpool's performance.
A show of strength by Jurgen Klopp's Reds, absolute favorites for the title. If they won the C1 last season, they are now facing the championship, an objective that has eluded them for 29 years. An eternity for Liverpool, more than ever on the roof of England.