Leroy Sané ignites title race as slick City end Liverpool's unbeaten run

Hope Soto
January 4, 2019

"We have to be as good as possible, be fearless, full of desire, angry, but with the knowledge that they [City] are, for me, still the best team in the world", Klopp said.

Roberto Firmino had levelled the score at 1-1 before Sane's victor and the visitors pressed for another equaliser that would not materialise on an evening of fine margins.

City and their fans could have been forgiven for fearing history would repeat itself as Liverpool scented blood but a measure of composure was retained as Raheem Sterling set up Sane for the decisive blow.

Early on, Klopp took his place alone in the technical area whilst Guardiola, perhaps calmer, sat and discussed how the pattern of the game was developing with Mikel Arteta.

The Belgium worldwide unnerved some supporters with a strong tackle on Mohamed Salah during the game. There wasn't negative intent, but that was a risky tackle that could have been a red and could have cost City.

Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were on hand for the hosts as they cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the table to just four points with a deserved 2-1 win. Anfield has been sizzling with self-confidence and momentum after the team won every game in December. Trent Alexander-Arnold went back post with a ball from the right that Andrew Robertson one-touched to the back post.

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Without a recognised left-back, Guardiola was forced to shuffle his team, moving Aymeric Laporte to the role. The Brazilian attacker made Kompany pay by heading it into the back of the net.

Alisson did well again to stop a close-range blast from Bernardo Silva in the final minute of normal time before Liverpool laid siege to City's goal and Stones again had to clear off the line.

It was something that infuriated Guardiola and clearly rattled his side, as they found themselves 3-0 down after just 31 minutes.

City central defender John Stones saved what would have been the opening goal for Liverpool with a fantastic goal-line clearance that came 1.12 centimeters from going in.

Still... Lovren. I've said for a long time, and will continue to say it, he is ok as a Defender but I will never trust him.

Up next for City in the Premier League is a date against Wolves on January 14.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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