LONDON: Manchester City’s 22-game unbeaten record in the Premier League ended as the leaders were swept gloriously aside – albeit with the help of some clumsy defending – by 4-3 by Liverpool.
In fact Liverpool were 4-1 ahead with seven minutes remaining and it spoke volumes for City’s resilience that they pulled two late goals back and might even have levelled in stoppage time when a diving header from Sergio Aguero flew inches wide.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has won more matches against Pep Guardiola – six – than any other manager.
Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain fired Liverpool ahead to the delight of the Kop at Anfield after only nine miuites only for City to level five minutes before half-time when Leroy Sane punished errors by Joe Gomez and keeper Loris Karius.
Liverpool regained command of a high-speed duel of perpetual motion with two goals in three minutes from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
In the 59th minute Firmino shrugged off a weak challenge from John Stones before chipping keeper Ederson then Sane thumped home after Nicolas Otamendi gave away possession.
Mo Salah struck a fourth from 40m in the 68th minute after Ederson ran out of his penalty box to make a poor clearance which was instantly punished by the Egyptian, lobbing over the retreating goalkeeper’s head.
Substitute Bernardo Silva pulled one further goal back for City in the 84th minute and Ilkay Gundogan grabbed another in stoppage time.
Fortunately for Liverpool City’s revival came just too late to affect the result of a game in which the hosts, very clearly, did not miss the departed Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho.
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