Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a deserved victory Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, laying down a significant marker in their bid to win a first league title in 30 years.
The confrontation between the two domestic superpowers in recent years had been billed as a defining moment in Liverpool’s 30-year quest to land the title – and The Reds dominant win against the reigning champions leaves them with a commanding advantage over Leicester City in second place.
Liverpool took the lead after only six minutes when Fabinho striking an excellent 25-yard drive past keeper Claudio Bravo, with the Chilean deputising for injured Ederson, and the goal was awarded after a video assistant referee check for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold.Embed from Getty Images
Although Manchester City were threatening in possession, Jurgen Klopp’s team doubled their advantage though Mohamed Salah six minutes later, with the Egyptian heading in at the far post from Andrew Robertson’s superb cross.
Raheem Sterling, facing the club he represented for five years before signing by The Citizens in 2015, missed a headed chance while Sergio Agüero saw a shot deflected onto the post as City tried to find a foothold.
However, Liverpool scored their third six minutes after Claudio Bravo failing to keep out Sadio Mane’s header at the back post from Jordan Henderson’s pinpoint’s delivery to all but secure the victory for The Reds.Embed from Getty Images
Bernardo Silva pulled one back with 12 minutes left but it was too late for City, who will rue not making the most of their plentiful possession and opportunities as they now lie nine points off the top in fourth place.
Guardiola was fuming at the final whistle, appearing to saracasically thank referee Michael Oliver before leaving the pitch, shortly after being enraged when another penalty claim against Alexander-Arnold was waved away.
Liverpool, meanwhile, celebrated a victory that gives them a real hold at the Premier League summit and leave them in a strong position to win an elusive top-flight title in 30 years since 1989/90 season under Kenny Dalglish.