Liverpool’s titanic clash with Manchester City absolutely delivered the goods on Sunday afternoon becoming an instant Premier League classic.

It certainly took its time to ignite though, with a nervous Liverpool clinging on during the first half as City dominated possession and looked comfortable across the pitch.

With the words of Jurgen Klopp ringing in their ears, the Reds looked a completely different outfit in the second stanza, as they settled into their work and grew into the game.

Then, only 14 minutes into the second stanza, the game would explode into life as Sadio Mane rattled home to polish off a superb team move from the men in red.

Building through narrow spaces at the back, the ball was eventually shovelled to Mohamed Salah who, having left one defender woefully stranded in his wake, drove forward, cut inside and served it up on a plate for his partner in crime.


While Salah’s contribution will undoubtedly be the goal’s crowning moment, an alternate angle has emerged showing there was just so much more to it.

Liverpool negotiated their way out from the back with some incredibly intelligent one touch play, making a well drilled City press look rather irrelevant.

Of course, it was Salah who would provide the killer touch, but credit has to be given to the Liverpool rearguard for the way in which they got the ball to him.


Brilliant – that sort of shifting of the ball with pace and accuracy is what makes this Klopp side so difficult to play.

Ultimately, the game would end in an entertaining 2-2 draw after City managed to peg their hosts back on two occasions.

While that first Liverpool goal was truly special, it will certainly be overshadowed by Salah’s quite obscene individual effort later in the piece.

The Egyptian King produced some once-in-a-lifetime magic to dance his way through the City defence before lashing home from an angle.

Kevin De Bruyne would later equalise before Rodri miraculously denied Fabinho right at the last.

It would see the spoils shared at Anfield with Klopp reluctantly accepting the point as he provided rare tactical insight during post-match media duties.

The Premier League will now take a short hiatus as the stars head off to represent their national teams.

When it returns, this electric title race only promises to get even more juicier.



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