It was a night to remember for Man City Starlet Phil Foden and a night to forget for Allison Becker as Manchester City toppled the reigning champions, leaving them ten points adrift from the top of the EPL table.
The narrative of this fixture between these two Premier League goliaths was one that fixated on Man City’s poor form at Anfield in recent years. Going into this game, the Citizens were without a win in front of the Kop since 2003. However, despite the poor run in past fixtures, the runaway favourites for the title this season showed their class with a resounding 4-1 win over their rivals. A result that marks Pep Guardiola’s first away win against Liverpool since he took charge in Manchester.
The game didn’t get off to the best start for the in-form Manchester outfit as after winning a penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling. The German playmaker Iklay Gundogan skied his penalty high and wide of the mark. Somewhat mirroring Riyad Mahrez’s penalty in the same fixture just last year.
This misfortune didn’t affect City’s confidence during the tie. Before the half time break, Iklay Gundogan made up for his failed spot-kick, firing in the rebound from Phil Foden’s effort. The second half would see another penalty given, this time in favour of the home side, with Mo Salah adding to his tally for the season from the spot. Despite this though, the night would soon turn sour for the team on Merseyside.
Calamity between the Sticks
Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker was guilty of two quick-fire mistakes that led to the second goal for City. Gundogan sneaked in at the back post to double his tally for the night and put City in the ascendancy once again. This wouldn’t be the end of the mistakes for Allison sadly, as he made another misplaced pass to Bernardo Silva who was more than happy to deliver an inviting cross to Raheem Sterling, who gratefully finished off the move. This was his eighth goal in the EPL this season.
This disaster at the back would be punished one more time as English youngster Phil Foden capped off a tremendous performance with a stunning strike. Foden rattled a shot into the roof of the net past Alisson just seven minutes from the end. Leaving Liverpool deflated and potentially out of title contention as a result.
City On The War Path
Manchester City didn’t have the best start to their campaign this year, with a 2-5 loss at Leicester being the best example of their early struggles. However, at the time of writing, Pep’s men have won their last fourteen games in all competitions and are firing on all cylinders. This form has surprised a few as this feat has been achieved without the aid of key players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero for the most part. It perhaps goes a long way toward showing the depth and quality that Man City possess and why they are many pundits favourite for the Premier League title this season.
Whereas Liverpool has been struggling to recapture their electric form from last year’s title-winning season. The red team on Merseyside have picked up just four points in their last four fixtures at home and have only managed to score one goal within these games. That one, of course, coming from the spot against City on Sunday.
Many believe this could be the end of Liverpool’s title defence, with local rivals Everton granted the possibility of leapfrogging Liverpool if they win their two games in hand. Liverpool FC are a resilient bunch as we have seen in the past. We need only mention a certain fixture in Istanbul to confirm that. However, the odds are certainly stacked against them after this poor run of form. We suppose only time will tell in this topsy-turvy season.
So that’s our news regarding the clash between Liverpool and Man City. What did you make of each team’s performance? Do you think that Phil Foden represents the future for this City team? Do you think Liverpool could still retain their title? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.
By: Callum Marsha CruelFan.com