Man City win ugly to put brakes on Liverpool title charge

Mae Harvey
January 5, 2019

Jurgen Klopp's men tried hard to come back in the game after going down but the Cityzen's defence stood strong and didn't let their title rivals equalize for the second time in the game.

Liverpool lost their first Premier League game of the season on Thursday night to closest challengers Manchester City.

The decision not to dismiss Kompany proved a crucial moment according to Klopp as City went on to snatch the points thanks to Leroy Sane's late victor after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener.

Dejan Lovren insists Liverpool have the mental strength to recover from their first Premier League defeat of the season and stave off the threat of Manchester City in the title race.

For that to happen, though, City must lead the charge and ensure that they breathe so heavily down Liverpool's neck that they force the mistakes that lead to dropped points.

"We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them". I got the ball, a little bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty. We just have to keep on doing what we have been doing. Liverpool didn't need to beat Manchester City, they just need to beat everyone else to win the league.

He of course branded himself "one of the best defenders in the world" during the summer and last month, he claimed that Liverpool could go the entire season unbeaten.

Despite still sitting top of the division, club legend Jamie Carragher is adamant Liverpool should now switch up their formation despite only losing one game in the league.

"For us it's really important that we take it game by game because there's no other chance". We need to be ready and we will be. Why should we behave like somebody who has won it all the time?

The Reds could have been in front early on, but Sadio Mane's shot rebounded from the post in the first half.

Their loss had nothing to do with nerves, or any lack of effort or ability, and it is not as if City won by dismantling Liverpool or exposing any flaws in their team.

"They [Liverpool] are leaders - it is four points but we have reduced the gap", Guardiola said.

"I would have paid money for it you can not believe", Klopp said.

"You wanted to tell us the season is over if we lose tonight".

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