Mendy returns for Man City in top of the table Liverpool clash

Hope Soto
October 10, 2018

Liverpool make two changes from the side beaten at Napoli in midweek as captain Jordan Henderson returns for the injured Naby Keita and Dejan Lovren replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold in defence with Joe Gomez switching to right-back.

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (left) fouls Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane during the English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool.

Despite all the rich attacking talent on display, Liverpool and City cancelled each other out in a cagey encounter, mustering just four shots on target between them.

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot when Van Dijk brought down substitute Sane, Mahrez smashing his kick over the crossbar to leave the game deadlocked.

Mahrez let slip a good chance on the hour when he shot wide when well placed in the penalty box.

Rangers may only climb one place but they trim the deficit on Hearts to five points, leaving the Jambos with a lead of just two on city rivals Hibernian.

But it was only natural that the energy levels would drop after what the players gave us in the Europa League (3-1 home win over Rapid Vienna) on Thursday night.

1:26                                            Hearts' unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership season juddered to a halt as they were comfortably beaten 3-1
1:26 Hearts' unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership season juddered to a halt as they were comfortably beaten 3-1

Earlier, Ross Barkley celebrated last week's recall to Gareth Southgate's England squad by creating Chelsea's opener for Eden Hazard and scoring the second himself.

Rangers rejected the advances of Championship side West Brom during the summer and Premier League outfit Brighton have been heavily linked with making a January move for the talented defender.

The Belgium forward played down title talk at this early stage in the season. We don't know in this moment as well if he can train tomorrow, we have to see. "But it is good to be up there". We are still top of the league so we've got to take the positives, we can't dwell on it too much.

In Sunday's other game, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang each netted twice as a resurgent Arsenal enjoyed a sixth straight league victory with a 5-1 rout of Fulham at Craven Cottage.

"But we also have to play our part".

Not only did he keep the former Newcastle United man, but he chose to reward him with the captaincy. They also played badly for the first time this season in midweek, even if Napoli's victor didn't come until the final minutes, and their fabled front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino have failed to score in the club's past three games in all competitions.

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