Man City Hosts Liverpool in Vital Clash in Premier League Title Race

Posted January 05, 2019

Completing the packed festive program with an engrossing encounter, Liverpool's threatened a comeback when Roberto Firmino cancelled out Sergio Aguero's first-half opener but Leroy Sane struck the victor in the 72nd minute.

Manchester City's defence is not lacking in investment though and shouldn't need to rely on such a safety net. "It had wild moments".

"Everyone knows Fernandinho is important for us", Sane explained after the win.

Klopp was angry that Anthony Taylor, the referee, showed the Manchester City captain only a yellow card for a sliding two-footed challenge on Salah in the first half, when the match was scoreless.

"We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them".

"Sometimes it's just a little bit: the cross was not good enough or the last pass, that happens", Klopp explained. A player makes a decision, goes on the ground, makes a sliding tackle and wants to defend the situation.

"I have so much faith in my players you can't imagine", he said.

The Portugal global also claimed an assist as City closed within four points of Liverpool, who were condemned to their first defeat of the Premier League campaign. If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years then we go 100 percent, but we don't have the experience in that.

Leipzig's Werner is another that has been linked with a move to the Premier League and Liverpool could be his chosen destination after the striker was given an ultimatum by the Bundesliga club, according to The Mirror.

"We need Sergio in this kind of game".

Just when Liverpool was gaining momentum, City roared back in front from a blistering counterattack.

Mohamed Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane played some excellent tip-tap football through the centre of the pitch before Mane nudged the ball past Ederson and off the post.

"We knew it was going to be a very tough season and there will be ups and downs and Thursday was obviously a down", said the Netherlands global. "We could've drawn, we could've won it". City had counter-attacks especially when we lost the ball, it was really risky. "Unluckier than City I would say", Klopp said.