Will it? Could it? Is it going to happen? These are the questions in the mind of Liverpool fans across the world after their significant 3-1 win over their so called biggest rival for the Premier League title.
Under the flood lights and the cold evening at Anfield, Klopp produced a tactical masterclass which saw Liverpool score two consecutive goals in the span of seven minute in the first half leaving City players and manager stunned! The game did not lack controversies with VAR again coming into question with City players claiming a hand ball before Liverpool’s counter attack led by Sadio Mane resulted in Fabinho’s brilliant strike from long range. In the precedent play the ball hit Bernado Silva’s hand first then Trent’s so was it a City handball first? Or just a Liverpool one? nevertheless play continued leading to the first goal.
The second goal was all about the full backs where Trent Alexander- Arnold from his left foot delivered a cross field swing to Robertson who sprinted the left wing and delivered a peach of a cross that Fernandinho could not deal with leaving Salah to head the ball past Bravo.Without their best defender Aymeric Laporte and goalkeeper Ederson City simply could not cope at times. As an attacking force City were always a threat but defensively very poor and at some point Stones and Walker had an exchange of words when they almost conceded another goal. Aguero continued his goal drought at Anfield despite having a few chances to change the complexion of the game but it just wasn’t happening for the Argentinian. Mane put it beyond doubt when he converted a Henderson cross at the far post lifting the roof off at Anfield!
A per usual the crowd was extra hostile towards Sterling who for me was City’s better performer but it just didn’t happen for him either despite of being a total threat especially in the second half. He had a fantastic chance in the second half when he dibbled past a few Liverpool players but his shot was blocked by Dejan Lovren who was really in the mood for this game. In the 78th minute after putting Liverpool under pressure the visitors managed to get one back through a Bernado Silva low shot but it proved to be too little too late for the visitors. There was another penalty appeal when the ball struck Trent on the arm in close range but no penalty was given leaving Guardiola livid! Klopp had managed to neutralize City’s masterplan leading to another Anfield humbling for the visitors.
Liverpool are now heading to the international break 8 points clear on the table, 9 points above City and bagging 34 out of 36 points! Its still a long way to go and I’m sure Klopp and the team know that but again could it be?will it be?