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Fabinho, Salah, Mane send Liverpool eight points clear in the Premier League

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after a pulsating 3-1 win over champions Manchester City at Anfield.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane did the damage for Jurgen Klopp's side, who made the most of City's obvious defensive deficiencies to carve out a match-winning advantage, with Bernardo Silva's late strike not enough to stage a City comeback.

VAR came into the picture a couple of times, with Pep Guardiola furious his side were not given a penalty in the lead-up to Liverpool's opener, but more alarming for the City boss was the way his patched-up defence looked like conceding time after time.

Going forward, City were excellent, but Liverpool offered a constant threat and their clinical finishing saw them maintain their flying start to the campaign that now sees them eight points clear of Leicester and Chelsea, with City a further point behind in fourth heading into the international break.

It was a furious start with City forcing the issue from the off, yet they found themselves behind after just six minutes when Fabinho fired a powerful effort beyond Claudio Bravo from 20 yards out.

City were furious as they had claimed a handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold just moments earlier, but both on-field referee Michael Oliver and then the VAR team in Stockley Park both decided it was not a penalty.

The visitors continued to press and created a couple of big chances from free kicks that Liverpool failed to defend properly, but with Liverpool’s second real stint with the ball they doubled their lead.

Andy Robertson produced a wonderful cross from the left that Salah arrived on and stooped to nod his header beyond Bravo for a barely believable 2-0 scoreline after just 13 minutes.

The pattern continued of City pressing but looking more than shaky at the back, with both Aguero and Sterling going close for City and Angelino’s deflected bobbler striking the foot of Alisson’s post.

City started the second half as brightly as they did the first, but just as in the first period they conceded a goal after six minutes when Mane got on the scoresheet with a back-post header from a sublime Jordan Henderson cross from the right.

Still, the chances for goals kept coming at both ends, with Sterling dancing into the box but having a shot blocked by Dejan Lovren, while Liverpool always looked likely to pounce on a ponderous visiting defence.
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