15 - 01
By Guillaume Mahot
The Citizens will not be the unbeatable ones like Arsenal in 2003/2004.
That season had witnessed Arsène Wenger’s team become the English champion without any single defeat in the league, an exploit no one had achieved ever since. The City of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola was expected to be their legitimate heir, but the Reds decided something else this weekend, in a spectacular game rich in goals and suspense. Liverpool eventually beat Manchester City 4-3 in Anfield Road.
Jürgen Klopp’s squad, led by a talented attack symbolized by Senegalese Sadio Mané, Egyptian Mohammed Salah and Brazilian Roberto Firmino (the three strikers scored yesterday), managed to do what no one had ever done so far, making the Citizens collapse. After the 1-0 by former Gunner Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Reds were rejoined thanks to Leroy Sané for City just before halftime (41’).
An incredible beginning in the second half enabled Liverpool to lead 4-1 in the 68’ when Firmino, Mané and Salah added their own contribution, which could have paved the way for a quiet end of game. But Bernardo Silva (84’) and Gündogan (91’) brought fear in Anfield by reducing the gap (4-3), even if they could not prevent City from experimenting their first defeat this season (in 23 games still).
No stress for the Citizens though since they lead the league with 62 points, 15 more than the second, the other Manchester. Liverpool ranks third, 47 points like United and Chelsea.