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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 19:46

Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool's efforts made them deserved winners of Sunday's top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a 3-1 result for the Reds at Anfield to move Klopp’s team eight points clear at the Premier League summit.

At his post-match press conference, the manager explained how his side went about the challenge of defeating last season’s champions.

He also revealed his pride after meeting Seán Cox, the Liverpool supporter who watched the victory on his first return to the stadium since sustaining serious injuries from an unprovoked attack before the Champions League tie against AS Roma in April 2018.

Read Klopp’s verdict below…

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On his assessment of the game…

Nice one, eh? If you want to win against Manchester City, which is really, really difficult for each team in the world, you cannot play the way they play because they are definitely the best in the way they play. It makes no sense. So we have to try to push through our way. In the beginning, not only because of us, it was wild – pressing and pressing, not a lot of clear balls in behind. It was like everybody tried to come in the game but was always under pressure from the other team. But intense from the first second, you could sense it was really important for both teams. Both teams were ready to put a proper shift in and they did.

We scored two incredible goals, had to suffer in moments because of the way City play, but I would say until the 75th minute or around about, when they scored the goal, we could control it in some way. But after that, you saw immediately our legs got a bit tired and then I don’t know how many balls were rolling through our six-yard box in the far-post area – it doesn’t feel too good. You always think there must be a blue player but, thank God, there was nobody. But that’s exactly what City are doing usually. Of course, in moments you need a little bit of luck. After they scored for 3-1 they had momentum and we had heavy legs. We tried to change it a little bit; we actually changed at half-time to 4-4-1-1, and changed back late in the game to 4-5-1.

I like the game. I love the atmosphere, it was incredible, people just amazing, against an outstandingly strong opponent. Everybody asked me about – and I didn’t see it yet – the penalty situation or handball before Fabinho scores. I can’t say anything about it. What I heard was handball from Bernardo Silva, I don’t know, but I can imagine it’s not a situation Pep is really pleased with. That’s normal. But, still, the reaction we showed in that situation – I heard that 22 seconds later we were in front of their goal and Fabinho with his stunner brings us the 1-0 lead.

The second goal we scored, I don’t think I ever saw a goal like this. Probably not. A right full-back with a 60-yard pass to the left full-back; two more touches and a cross over 40 yards, 50, and a header. That’s pretty special. It was a good moment to score a goal like this. And the third goal very, very good as well, a sensational cross and Sadio in the right position. That was all good, and all around these three goals it was hardest work, and so the boys deserved these three points. Great.

On whether Liverpool consider the possibility of going through the season unbeaten…

Not at all. The 100 per cent truth is we just don’t think about it. The boys go now all over the world to play for their countries and hopefully come back healthy. Two days after they come back we play Crystal Palace – that’s what I’m concerned about, not how many games we won in the past. As you saw today again, it’s hardest work needed to win any football game but a game like this especially. So I’m really happy for tonight, but that’s it.

On whether Liverpool are feeling any pressure at the top of the table…

We don’t feel the pressure, to be 100 per cent honest. Where is the pressure? Look, the things will come up now, we know that, and if you are with us you say, ‘Wow, nine points’. There is a long way to go and lose here a point, lose there a point and stuff like this, what will probably happen. Other people 100 per cent said already from now on Liverpool can only lose it, but that’s a very negative approach. You can see it like this, but we don’t care. I promise you we don’t care. We were today completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table or whatever, how many points we are ahead of City. That’s crazy. Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens, but it is not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May and not only in November. We all know that, but we don’t have to say that because it is clear. We just try what we can and in the end we will see what happens. The pressure or whatever is not there yet. Maybe it will come or whatever, but in the moment it is just opportunity and go for it, do the work, throw all in what you have and then let’s see what happens.

On seeing Seán Cox after the match…

What’s important now... https://t.co/Qegp0GRFdu

— PeterMooreLFC (Peter Moore) 10th Nov 18:44

I saw him now after the game before the interviews. It was great, it was nice – very, very nice. He was very happy to see me, but I thought I was much more happy to see him, so I think we had a draw! It was really, really nice. His wife and son were there as well, so it was a wonderful day for them, that’s exactly what we wanted. I can say already, whenever he wants to come – he can move to Liverpool and then he gets a season ticket, 100 per cent. For all of the boys, it was really important news when we heard he was able to go to the stadium and watch a football game. I saw him today and, yes, he could enjoy the game. So, all good.

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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 19:46
Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool's efforts made them deserved winners of Sunday's top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City.
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Trent and Robbo: It's a massive win but we won't lose perspective

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 19:25
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson took great satisfaction in a 'massive' 3-1 victory over Manchester City, but stressed Liverpool will retain perspective about the huge amount of work that remains.
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Pep: We showed why we are champions

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 19:24
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Guardiola: "In this stadium with the way we played was incredible and I’m proud of my team more than ever"

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5:04 Pep Guardiola said his side's 'awesome' performance at Anfield showed why they are back-to-back Premier League champions Pep Guardiola said his side's 'awesome' performance at Anfield showed why they are back-to-back Premier League champions

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come out in defence of his team, describing them as "incredible" despite slipping nine points behind Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's side laid down a significant marker in their bid to win a first league title in 30 years by beating the defending champions 3-1 at Anfield on Renault Super Sunday.

Liverpool surrendered a 10-point lead to City last season but head into the international break in a commanding position, with Guardiola's team slipping to fourth in the table.

0:56 It appeared the ball struck the arm of Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area before the hosts broke and scored the opening goal from Fabinho, but VAR ruled it not to be handball It appeared the ball struck the arm of Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area before the hosts broke and scored the opening goal from Fabinho, but VAR ruled it not to be handball

City's miserable run at Anfield - one win in 29 visits - continued in a match which left their manager raging at some controversial VAR calls.

Fabinho broke the deadlock as City were still disputing a handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put the game out of sight before Bernardo Silva's late consolation.

'We showed why we are back-to-back champions'

"What happened today is we showed why we are the champions," Guardiola said. "In this stadium with the way we played was incredible and I'm proud of my team more than ever.

"We put in an incredible performance in this stadium against the best team in Europe and with the way we played, I'm so proud. We played so good.

0:50 Pep Guardiola approached referee Michael Oliver at full-time for a discussion Pep Guardiola approached referee Michael Oliver at full-time for a discussion

"We are playing in the way which shows why we are back-to-back champions.

"There are still seven months and if Liverpool win [the Premier League], I will be the first to congratulate them because we cannot deny how good they are, but they way they play, they create the chances with this personality to play all the time."

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Guardiola said: "I don't know. I am not a magician I don't know the future. Now it is the national team, hopefully they come back, the people with injuries come back and it is Chelsea at home next, we will try to beat them.

"There are three teams in front of us that have more chances to be champions than us so we're going to try. In football, you can't always win. Here at Anfield, it's so nice and I'm so proud to see my team play in this stadium against this team and playing in that way."

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The City boss added: "Please ask the referees [about the handball before the opening goal], please don't ask me. Ask this question to Mike Riley and the guys doing VAR, but don't ask me."

Guardiola approached referee Michael Oliver and his assistants at full-time to shake their hands, but denied it was a sarcastic gesture.

Guardiola felt there were two moments when his side could have been awarded a penalty Guardiola felt there were two moments when his side could have been awarded a penalty Guardiola felt there were two moments when his side could have been awarded a penalty The City boss expresses his anger at seeing his team not win a penalty The City boss expresses his anger at seeing his team not win a penalty The City boss expresses his anger at seeing his team not win a penalty

"No way. I congratulate them. I'm so polite and I didn't say anything here," he said.

"We tried to do our job and I'd like to talk about the performance, which was so good.

"I know the teams that come here and play for respect from Anfield and with the problems we have in the squad and the way we played, it was awesome. One of the best performances we have played.

Alexander-Arnold: You have to carry on playing Trent Alexander-Arnold was fortunate not to be penalised for handball Trent Alexander-Arnold was fortunate not to be penalised for handball Trent Alexander-Arnold was fortunate not to be penalised for handball

Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports afterwards: "Obviously, there's VAR and it has hit my arm. I think it might have hit Bernardo Silva's first.

"But it's one of them where you have to carry on playing.

"We went down the other end and punished them. They were complaining about the goal, but it was a wonderful strike from Fabinho."

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Report: Reds beat City at Anfield to stretch lead at the top

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:30

Liverpool opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after beating Manchester City 3-1 in a pulsating clash at Anfield on Sunday.

An electric opening saw the Reds race into a two-goal lead inside the first 13 minutes.

First, Fabinho powered in from 20 yards when he pounced on a loose clearance before Mohamed Salah glanced in a header from an Andy Robertson delivery soon after.

Sadio Mane furthered the European champions’ lead just after half-time when he stooped to nod in a Jordan Henderson centre at the back post.

Bernardo Silva reduced the deficit on 78 minutes, steering in at Alisson Becker’s near post to set up a tense finish, but Liverpool held on to go eight clear at the summit – and nine in front of the reigning title holders.

Team news…

Liverpool’s teamsheet showed five changes from the starting line-up deployed against Genk in midweek.

Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson returned in defence, while Jordan Henderson was restored in midfield. In attack, Roberto Firmino and Mane re-joined Salah.

First half…

With the high stakes on offer, Anfield’s decibel rating was cranked up to greet kick off.

City attempted to quell the noise by forcing the early play, with a series of set-pieces testing Liverpool’s early concentration levels.

But, with six minutes on the clock, the noise went up a further few notches as Fabinho fired the Reds into the lead. Pouncing on Rodri’s attempted clearance, the Brazilian took a touch to set himself before drilling beyond Claudio Bravo from 20 yards.

Shortly after, a good start became a remarkable one as Salah doubled the advantage. A sweeping counter resulted in Robertson swinging a centre towards the back post from deep, where the No.11 judged the bounce of the ball and nodded it back across goal and into the far corner.

City threatened to reduce the arrears midway through the opening period with Sergio Aguero shifting into space inside the box; however, his subsequent effort was beaten away by Alisson.

Pep Guardiola’s side went closer still just before the half-hour mark when Angelino’s prod goalwards deflected off Robertson and clipped the base of the post.

At the other end, Lovren glanced wide from a Robertson corner and Firmino scooped well over after side-stepping Angelino’s attempted challenge.

The hosts’ No.9 had another strike parried by Bravo following a charge from deep by Trent Alexander-Arnold to create the opening.

Aguero then zipped one narrowly wide of Alisson’s far post after being played into space by Kevin De Bruyne’s pass, while City needed acrobatics from Bravo to thwart a Salah swipe towards the top corner on the stroke of half-time.

Second half…

Liverpool resumed the second period at Anfield knowing the next goal could prove crucial to determining the outcome of the contest.

And it was to be the Reds who’d get it when Henderson hoisted a cross towards the back post, where Mane arrived to stoop and nod in over the line six minutes after the re-start, sending the Kop into delirium.

City fashioned an opportunity to pull one back through Raheem Sterling, but he was denied by a stunning block by Lovren after the England forward had created the shooting chance inside the box.

They did get on the scoresheet with 12 minutes remaining when Bernardo Silva drilled in at the near post to set up a tense finale.

And Liverpool were afforded a let-off when Sterling squared across the six-yard box, but fortunately couldn’t pick out a teammate.

Kyle Walker headed an Angelino cross over as the game ticked towards its conclusion, but the Reds held onto their advantage to strengthen their grip at the Premier League summit to eight points.

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Report: Reds beat City at Anfield to stretch lead at the top

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:30
Liverpool opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after beating Manchester City 3-1 in a pulsating clash at Anfield on Sunday.
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Liverpool stun City to move eight clear

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:29
Report and highlights as Liverpool move nine points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City By Oliver Yew

Last Updated: 10/11/19 8:58pm

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Liverpool laid down a significant marker in their bid to win a first league title in 30 years by beating champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Renault Super Sunday.

The roof was lifted off Anfield as early as the sixth minute when Fabinho drilled the ball past Claudio Bravo from 30 yards, but the goal was shrouded in controversy as City thought they should have had a penalty moments earlier when the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold's arm in the penalty area.

VAR checked the incident, but the goal stood to bring another huge roar from the Anfield faithful.

0:56 It appeared that the ball struck the arm of Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area before the Reds broke and scored the opening goal from Fabinho, but VAR ruled it not to be handball It appeared that the ball struck the arm of Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area before the Reds broke and scored the opening goal from Fabinho, but VAR ruled it not to be handball

It was not long before Anfield erupted again as Mohamed Salah headed home Andrew Robertson's brilliant cross in the 13th minute to double the hosts' advantage and they had a third goal six minutes after half-time, with Claudio Bravo failing to keep out Sadio Mane's header at the back post.

Bernardo Silva's low shot found the bottom corner 12 minutes from time, but it was too little too late for City, who now find themselves nine points behind Jurgen Klopp's side in fourth.

Liverpool's title to win?

Liverpool have won 11 of their first 12 Premier League games this season and lead the table by eight points - only Manchester United in 1993/94 have had a bigger lead after 12 games of a Premier League season (nine points).

Liverpool, who surrendered a 10-point lead to City last season, head into the international break sitting pretty at the top of the table, but they will know the job of bringing the Premier League title to Anfield is far from done with 26 games still left to play.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (8), Van Dijk (8), Lovren (7), Robertson (8), Fabinho (9), Wijnaldum (7), Henderson (8), Salah (8), Firmino (7), Mane (8).

Subs: Milner (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (n/a), Keita (n/a).

Man City: Bravo (5), Walker (5), Stones (4), Fernandinho (5), Angelino (5), Rodri (5), Gundogan (5), Sterling (6), Bernardo Silva (6), De Bruyne (6), Aguero (5).

Subs: Jesus (6).

Man of the match: Fabinho

How Liverpool stunned City

In what was a blistering start to the game, City were adamant they should have had a penalty when the ball deflected off Bernardo Silva before hitting Alexander-Arnold's hand in the penalty area.

However, play continued when the referee waved away City's appeals and, 22 seconds later, Fabinho's thunderous strike beat Bravo to give the hosts the lead after a VAR check.

Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to handle the  ball against Manchester City Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to handle the  ball against Manchester City Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to handle the ball against Manchester City

Despite Liverpool's fast start, City had immediate chances to respond but Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero failed to convert Kevin De Bruyne's inviting free-kicks.

It proved costly as the hosts doubled their advantage seven minutes after their first. Alexander-Arnold started the attack with an inch-perfect cross-field pass to pick out fellow full-back Robertson, who in turn curled a beautiful cross into the path of Salah.

The Egyptian, who has now been directly involved in 52 goals in just 44 Premier League appearances at Anfield for Liverpool, made no mistake at the far post to send the home fans wild again.

Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal against Man City Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal against Man City Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal against Man City

City created opportunities as they looked for a way back into the game, but Alisson Becker denied Aguero before Angelino's shot was deflected onto the post.

Aguero then found himself one-on-one with Alisson after being released by De Bruyne, but the Argentine striker flashed a shot wide and striking another straight at the goalkeeper as City went into the interval 2-0 down.

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City's problems mounted six minutes after the restart when Jordan Henderson's sublime cross picked out Mane at the far post, and the Senegal international squeezed the ball past Bravo at his near post for his seventh league goal of the season.

The visitors, who brought on Gabriel Jesus to replace Aguero, pulled a goal back through Bernardo Silva with 12 minutes remaining to give Guardiola's side a glimmer of hope.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp went with his tried-and-tested big-game line-up for the visit of Manchester City. That meant four changes from the Champions League win over Genk with Andy Robertson returning at left-back, Jordan Henderson coming back into midfield and Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rejoining the forward line.

City made six changes as Claudio Bravo started in goal for the injured Ederson with three of the back four from Wednesday's Champions League draw against Atalanta altered. John Stones was picked to partner Fernandinho in the centre of defence with Kyle Walker and Angelino, who was making only his second Premier League start.Rodrigo came into midfield with Sergio Aguero preferred up front to Gabriel Jesus.

City thought they should have had a penalty when Sterling's cross hit Alexander-Arnold's arm, but again the referee waved away the claims to leave Guardiola furious on the touchline.

City continued to pin back Liverpool in the final stages as they desperately searched for a miraculous comeback, but Klopp's men saw the game out to strengthen their position at the top of the table.

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Man of the Match - Fabinho

Sky Sports' Gary Neville: "I'm going for the man who scored the first goal, Fabinho. It was a great goal and he's a calming influence for Liverpool in the centre of midfield."

⭐️ Man of the Match, @lfc's Fabinho
45 touches
Completed 30/36 passes
2 shots, 1 on target
2nd goal for the club, 1st since Dec 2018
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— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 10, 2019 Liverpool's long distance success

Fabinho’s goal was Liverpool’s ninth from outside the box in all competitions this season – more than any other Premier League side.

What the managers said…

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "Maturity is very important but for the rest of the season, it depends who is available and who is fit. I have no idea if I've ever had a nine-point lead, it has never been nine points over City, especially after a game against them so it is completely new.

"Each point we have now, we need to go through the most intense period ever for us. You see how Chelsea and Leicester are performing, if we lose today, it is then about five points? After the start we had, five points is nothing. We have to play them again and we don't care about the table or whatever, we just try to do the right things in the specific games and if we can do that, then we are good but we need the boys for that and we have to hope they stay fit."

0:50 Pep Guardiola told referee Michael Oliver 'thank you very much' at full-time in Manchester City's 3-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool after some key decisions went against his side Pep Guardiola told referee Michael Oliver 'thank you very much' at full-time in Manchester City's 3-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool after some key decisions went against his side

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "What happened today we showed why we are champions, I am so proud of my team, more than ever. We can be proud of how we played against the strongest team in Europe.

"Ask to the referees, don't ask me. Ask to Mike Riley and the guys in VAR. I would like to talk about our performance, it was so good. It was one of the best performances we have played. We played like back-to-back champions. We cannot deny how good Liverpool are but the way we played, the personality, it was good.

"It was quite similar to the Champions League game. It was an incredible situations in that game too but the performance today was so good. Always we try, never give up that is why we are back-to-back champions. Always fight until the end. It is important to grow as a club and as a team. It was an honour for both team to show the Premier League to spectators this type of game."

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  • Man City manager Pep Guardiola has lost eight matches in all competitions against Jurgen Klopp - three more than he has against any other manager.
  • This was the second time this season Man City have conceded three goals in a Premier League game (also 3-2 against Norwich) - they only did so once last season, losing 3-2 to Crystal Palace in December 2018.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 home Premier League games against Manchester City (W12 D5 L0) since losing 2-1 in May 2003.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been involved in 69 goals in 60 appearances at Anfield for the Reds in all competitions (51 goals, 18 assists), scoring in three of his four home appearances against Man City in that time.
  • This was Sergio Aguero's ninth match at Anfield against Liverpool in all competitions for Manchester City - he has never scored there for City, attempting 14 shots without success across those nine games.
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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:25

Liverpool powered to an 11th win in 12 Premier League games this season as they beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

First-half goals from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah were added to by Sadio Mane shortly after the restart, and the Reds saw it out despite a late response via Bernardo Silva.

Here are five talking points from a fantastic victory…

Fabinho’s rocket

Liverpool’s No.3 doesn’t score often.

Indeed, Fabinho’s tally for the club before the clash with City stood at precisely one – a late header to wrap up a comfortable home win last Boxing Day.

But when a clearance fell to him outside the area in the sixth minute and the crowd urged a shot from distance, he obliged with a hit of supreme accuracy.

Using the City defenders between him and goal as a guide, Fabinho walloped a perfect strike inside the left post to announce lift-off for Liverpool.

The blast was the Reds’ ninth goal from outside the box in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League side.

‘It’s part of our game…’

At his pre-match press conference, Jürgen Klopp was asked about the influence of full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson on the way Liverpool play.

“You have to be really strong on the wings, however you do it, because the goal is in the centre of the pitch and the area around the goal is the most crowded area,” he replied.

“So you have to find a way to go through – that’s in behind, you pass it on the wings or you try to find little spaces between their lines.”

For example, the Reds’ second goal here.

Alexander-Arnold’s stunning diagonal pass from one flank to the other cut out the width of the pitch and presented Robertson with a chance to sweep in a brilliant cross to the box.

Salah was the gleeful recipient and matched the build-up work with a deft header back across City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and into the net.

Super Mane

Mane made his 100th Premier League start for the Reds on Sunday and, in characteristic fashion, marked it with a goal.

Picked out by a sumptuous deep cross from the right by Jordan Henderson, the No.10 met the ball at the back post with a header through the grasp of Bravo.

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It was the Senegalese’s 18th goal in his last 17 Premier League starts at Anfield and also his 21st in the division this calendar year, in 30 appearances.

Awesome Anfield

Liverpool’s relentless home form continues.

Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their last 46 Premier League games at Anfield, with this their 36th victory to add to 10 draws.

During that run they have trailed for a cumulative total of just 154 minutes.

The success against City was also their 13th consecutive home league win, which further extended a club record in the Premier League era.

Eight points the lead

And so it all means Liverpool take an eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table into the November international break.

Leicester City, who saw off Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday, are closest to the Reds in second on 26 points, ahead of Chelsea, in third, on goal difference.

Reigning champions City are a point further behind.

Liverpool will pick things up after the pause with a trip to Crystal Palace on November 23.

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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:25
Liverpool powered to an 11th win in 12 Premier League games this season as they beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.
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Liverpool 3-1 Man City: Reds prevail in performance of champions

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:23

Liverpool matched the lofty expectations of the biggest game of the season so far, producing a formidable display to put Man City to the sword for 3-1.


Liverpool 3-1 Man City

Premier League (12), Anfield
November 10, 2019

Goals

Fabinho 6′ (assist – none)
Salah 13′ (assist – Robertson)
Mane 51′ (assist – Henderson)
B.Silva 78′

Despite City’s concerns of another unsavoury welcome at Anfield, Sunday’s clash opened up in the vein Jurgen Klopp called for in the buildup, with a raucous atmosphere heralding kickoff.

Both sides rose to the occasion, too, with City looking to pin Liverpool back and Klopp’s defence beginning shakily, but at the other end they were clinical.

Fabinho broke the deadlock after just six minutes, with the No. 6 blasting a long-range effort beyond stand-in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after a shout for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Reds’ box.

Alexander-Arnold kicked off the move for the second soon after, with the right-back producing a stunning, wrong-footed cross-field pass to Andy Robertson, whose brilliant deep cross from the left was headed in by Mohamed Salah.

There was a big scare as Salah required treatment on his ankle following a tangle with Fernandinho, but fortunately the No. 11 recovered and almost produced a fine finish from outside the box which would have capped a perfect first half.

HT: Liverpool 2-0 Man City

 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling points after hitting out at Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool made their visitors wait as they emerged late from the tunnel for the second half, but there certainly wasn’t any complacency as they started strong, with Sadio Mane heading home a third from Jordan Henderson‘s stellar cross.

That was clearly a mental blow for City, as their passes in the final third became increasingly sloppy and both Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero dallied and were repeatedly run down by an industrious Reds midfield.

The Kop roared Liverpool on throughout, serving their purpose as the 12th man against a City side which continually seemed like they were down to 10.

Unfortunately the pursuit of a first Anfield clean sheet of the captain was denied again, as Bernardo Silva scored a consolation effort which left Klopp raging after a foul on Fabinho in the buildup.

Klopp looked to shut up shop and further stymie the persistent Sterling by sending on Joe Gomez, and the Reds were able to hold on for a famous, vital victory to go eight points clear of second-placed Leicester.

TIA Man of the Match: Fabinho

Referee: Michael Oliver

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson (Milner 61′), Wijnaldum; Salah (Gomez 87′), Mane, Firmino (Oxlade-Chamberlain 79′)

Subs not used: Adrian, Lallana, Keita, Origi

Man City: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero (Jesus 71′)

Subs not used: Carson, Otamendi, Cancelo, Silva, Foden, Mahrez

Next Match: Crystal Palace (A) – Premier League – Saturday, Nov 23, 3pm (GMT)

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Liverpool 3-1 Man City – As it happened

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:45

Liverpool host Man City at Anfield on an afternoon that could have title permutations come May. We’re live to bring you the latest.


Kickoff at Anfield is 4.30pm (UK), the referee is Michael Oliver.

Chris Williams is running this afternoon’s blog, get involved by Tweeting @thisisanfield, @Chris78Williams or use the comments section below.

Teams

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Subs: Adrian, Gomez, Milner, Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi

Man City: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Carson, Jesus, Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden

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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Man City: Henderson returns as Ox starts on bench

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:32

Jurgen Klopp has named Jordan Henderson in his starting lineup as they take on Man City in the Premier League this afternoon, in a huge clash at Anfield.


Three points over City would push the Reds a long way towards the title, and the pressure is on the hosts after failing to win either of their meetings last season.

A loss and a draw undermined a record-breaking campaign for Klopp’s side, finishing just a point behind City, but so far this season Liverpool are in a much stronger position.

Six points clear at the top, the Reds can extend this to nine with victory on home soil, and Klopp has named his tried-and-trusted lineup in order to do so.

Alisson starts behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, with the left-back returning after a rare substitute role in midweek.

In midfield, Fabinho makes his first league start for Liverpool against City, having been limited to just 33 minutes in the two meetings in 2018/19.

The Brazilian—who scored in Monaco’s 3-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side in the Champions League in 2017—is joined by Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum.

And restored in attack are Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with the latter duo coming off the bench in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Genk.

On the substitutes’ bench are the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Naby Keita.

Meanwhile, Ederson misses out for City as Claudio Bravo starts in goal and Scott Carson takes his place on the bench.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Adrian, Gomez, Milner, Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi

Man City: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero

Substitutes: Carson, Otamendi, Cancelo, Silva, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester City

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:29

Liverpool make five changes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield.

Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson are restored in defence, while Jordan Henderson returns in midfield to take the captain’s armband.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane re-join Mohamed Salah in attack to complete the tweaks made to the line-up deployed against Genk in midweek.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Origi.

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Rhian Brewster seals Premier League Cup comeback win for U23s

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 14:58

Liverpool U23s made it two wins out of two in the Premier League Cup with a 2-1 comeback victory at Sunderland on Sunday.

Neil Critchley’s Reds had the better of the first half in the Group F tie, with Rhian Brewster’s header denied by home goalkeeper Anthony Patterson.

But it was the hosts who broke the deadlock right after the restart as Benji Kimpioka guided a finish beyond the reach of Daniel Atherton and into the corner.

Liverpool reacted excellently, however, and Patterson was called into action by both Isaac Christie-Davies and Tony Gallacher before they levelled.

Brewster’s cross forced a Sunderland own goal with 67 minutes played.

And the Reds’ determination was rewarded in the closing stages when Brewster was brought down in the box by Jack Bainbridge and the referee awarded a penalty.

The striker took responsibility himself and found the net with a kick down the middle to seal the comeback and keep Critchley’s charges in control of the section.

Liverpool U23s: Atherton, Gallacher, Larouci, Van den Berg, Clayton, Chirivella, Christie-Davies, Dixon-Bonner (Williams, 75), Brewster, Kane, Longstaff.

Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, Boyes.

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Jordan Henderson: We focus on our own qualities but we respect City

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 07:30

Jordan Henderson outlined his 'respect' for Manchester City and other Premier League rivals, but stressed how Liverpool always focus on their own qualities ahead of every match.

The Reds welcome Pep Guardiola's champions to Anfield this afternoon as two of the division's heavyweights meet in a high-profile showdown.

The teams took part in a nip-and-tuck title race last season as Henderson acknowledged the hunger both clubs possess in consistently lifting silverware.

In his column in the official matchday programme, the captain wrote: "If I was to pick just one word to sum up how we as a squad feel about Manchester City, it would simply be: ‘respect’.

"Of course they are an opponent we’ve had decent tussles with over the past couple of seasons in particular, both domestically and in Europe, but as a team here we have nothing but admiration for them.

"What they’ve achieved as a team is something that everyone in sport, let alone just football, can look at and appreciate. They are relentless winners who have found the hunger to go again and again.

"I think it’s important for a healthy rivalry that you can recognise someone else’s qualities and achievements without that leading to any sort of insecurity about what you’re doing yourself.

"As an example, I’ve never understood it when ourselves and City are asked whether we’d sooner win the Premier League or the Champions League, or then subsequently asked to compare which is more important or impressive.

"I’d bet anything you like that you’d get the same answer in both dressing rooms, whether there was a microphone in front of them or not: we want to win everything."

After playing 11 matches, Liverpool find themselves five points clear at the top of the table, having amassed 10 victories in that span, including hard-fought ones over Chelsea and Leicester City. 

Henderson continued: "The other part of this is that ourselves and Manchester City aren’t the only rivals this season when it comes to winning trophies domestically and I think it’s daft to ignore the others who are just as competitive.

"Chelsea are unbelievably impressive at the moment and I can see them pushing both of us all the way in the Premier League and having a massive say in the cups. We’ve played them twice already, in the league and the Super Cup, and they definitely have the players and the approach to go all the way.

"Likewise Leicester City who gave us such a tough contest at Anfield not that long ago. They still have players and staff who know from first-hand experience what it takes to do it and I haven’t seen many weaknesses in their set-up to suggest they won’t keep with the pace.

"Anyone who thinks this is about just two teams is wrong and in our dressing room we’re certainly not foolish enough to get caught in that trap.

"We have total belief in what we are doing and for occasions like today we always focus on our own qualities, like we do for every game we play regardless of the team we’re facing.

"But having a healthy amount of respect for the opponent, on and off the pitch, is important and I’m pretty sure both teams have that."

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