What a game !
If u missed it; Here is what you need to know:
Prior to kick-off Anfield observed a minute of silence to pay respects on Remembrance Sunday.
Liverpool’s match jerseys were embroidered with poppies as every year, which after being autographed by its wearer, will be donated to the Royal British Legion to auction to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
The minute ahead of kick-off was the only silent moment of the game.
Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a 3-1 result for the Reds at Anfield to move Klopp’s team eight points clear at the Premier League summit, this difference is the largest after 12 rounds since the 1993/1994 season, when Manchester United had the lead of the League, after 12 rounds, with a difference of 9 points from its nearest stalkers.
Brazilian Fabinho opened the scoring for Liverpool at the 6th minute, with a rocket of supreme accuracy, making it the Red’s ninth goal from outside the box in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League team.
The 13th minute saw our second goal in City’s net, after a brilliant passing show from Trent Alexander-Arnold who sent a pitch long diagonal pass to Robbo who succeded to control it and went to perform a beautiful cross to the box, Where Mo Salah was waiting and matched the build-up work with a header into the net.
The gaffer has talked before the game about the role of full-backs in attacking scenarios and he said:
“You have to be really strong on the wings, however you do it, because the goal is in the centre of the pitch and the area around the goal is the most crowded area,” he replied.
“So you have to find a way to go through – that’s in behind, you pass it on the wings or you try to find little spaces between their lines.”
SUPER MANE AGAIN
Mane Marked his 100th Premier League start with a goal, after a brilliant deep cross from the right by Jordan Henderson
This goal is also was the Senegalese’s 18th goal in his last 17 Premier League starts at Anfield.
Once again Liverpool’s relentless home form continues
Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their last 46 Premier League games at Anfield, with this their 36th victory to add to 10 draws.
The success against City was also their 13th consecutive home league win, which further extended a club record in the Premier League era.
And also extends the 8 points gape at the top of the table.
On his comments about the game…
Nice one, eh? If you want to win against Manchester City, which is really, really difficult for each team in the world, you cannot play the way they play because they are definitely the best in the way they play. It makes no sense. So we have to try to push through our way. In the beginning, not only because of us, it was wild – pressing and pressing, not a lot of clear balls in behind. It was like everybody tried to come in the game but was always under pressure from the other team. But intense from the first second, you could sense it was really important for both teams. Both teams were ready to put a proper shift in and they did.
We scored two incredible goals, had to suffer in moments because of the way City play, but I would say until the 75th minute or around about, when they scored the goal, we could control it in some way. But after that, you saw immediately our legs got a bit tired and then I don’t know how many balls were rolling through our six-yard box in the far-post area – it doesn’t feel too good. You always think there must be a blue player but, thank God, there was nobody. But that’s exactly what City are doing usually. Of course, in moments you need a little bit of luck. After they scored for 3-1 they had momentum and we had heavy legs. We tried to change it a little bit; we actually changed at half-time to 4-4-1-1, and changed back late in the game to 4-5-1.
I like the game. I love the atmosphere, it was incredible, people just amazing, against an outstandingly strong opponent. Everybody asked me about – and I didn’t see it yet – the penalty situation or handball before Fabinho scores. I can’t say anything about it. What I heard was handball from Bernardo Silva, I don’t know, but I can imagine it’s not a situation Pep is really pleased with. That’s normal. But, still, the reaction we showed in that situation – I heard that 22 seconds later we were in front of their goal and Fabinho with his stunner brings us the 1-0 lead.
The second goal we scored, I don’t think I ever saw a goal like this. Probably not. A right full-back with a 60-yard pass to the left full-back; two more touches and a cross over 40 yards, 50, and a header. That’s pretty special. It was a good moment to score a goal like this. And the third goal very, very good as well, a sensational cross and Sadio in the right position. That was all good, and all around these three goals it was hardest work, and so the boys deserved these three points. Great.
On the pressure of being the leaders...
We don’t feel the pressure, to be 100 per cent honest. Where is the pressure? Look, the things will come up now, we know that, and if you are with us you say, ‘Wow, nine points’. There is a long way to go and lose here a point, lose there a point and stuff like this, what will probably happen. Other people 100 per cent said already from now on Liverpool can only lose it, but that’s a very negative approach. You can see it like this, but we don’t care. I promise you we don’t care. We were today completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table or whatever, how many points we are ahead of City. That’s crazy. Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens, but it is not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May and not only in November. We all know that, but we don’t have to say that because it is clear. We just try what we can and in the end we will see what happens. The pressure or whatever is not there yet. Maybe it will come or whatever, but in the moment it is just opportunity and go for it, do the work, throw all in what you have and then let’s see what happens.
The gaffer met Seán Cox after the match, about that he commented:
I saw him now after the game before the interviews. It was great, it was nice – very, very nice. He was very happy to see me, but I thought I was much more happy to see him, so I think we had a draw! It was really, really nice. His wife and son were there as well, so it was a wonderful day for them, that’s exactly what we wanted. I can say already, whenever he wants to come – he can move to Liverpool and then he gets a season ticket, 100 per cent. For all of the boys, it was really important news when we heard he was able to go to the stadium and watch a football game. I saw him today and, yes, he could enjoy the game. So, all good.
VAR caused some reactions from the fans and the press, Manchester City players demanded a penalty kick in the first as there was a confusion in the Liverpool penalty area, after a cross from the right side, when the ball touched the right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool then launched a counterattack, which in Fabinho scored in the sixth minute with a missile shot that netted Manchester City.
Manchester City players protested at length before the referee, asking him to use video technology to uncover the hand touch, but the referee, who was in contact with the video judges, refused to count a penalty and eventually cancel the Liverpool goal.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola strongly protested the match referee, Michael Oliver, claiming that he had not taken 2 penalty kicks for the guests.
On that, Arnold said in comments to "Sky Sports": "There is video technology, I think the ball touched my arm a little bit, but it touched the arm of Bernardo Silva first ... You must continue playing, they protested, but you have to continue"
And about the game he said:
"We're on a good run of form and still unbeaten, which is what we want, We want to keep picking up the three points”
"We know at home we've got the advantage with the fans and that, so every time we're here we want to pick up the three points and feel as though we should.
"For us it's about keeping that momentum up, it's not about how other teams feel. We're just focused on ourselves and picking up as many points as possible.
"Obviously we picked up a lot of points last season and it still wasn't enough, so we know that we're going to have to get in and around the same kind of numbers to hopefully come away with a bit of silverware.
"But it's still early doors and we know there's still a long way to go."
Robertson also reacted:
"We just need to keep going game by game. As boring as it is and fans probably want to hear something different, but that's exactly what we have to do - it worked well for us last year and so far this year.
"It's perspective - we've beat Man City at home and it's a big result for us but we still need to keep going.
"After the international break it's the toughest period over Christmas and then we'll see where we are after that busy period."
Trent's obviously done an unbelievable diagonal and I've just had a bit of space, I've just seen Bobby and Mo running into good spaces”
"I knew if I could put it in there then one of them would hopefully get on the end of it. I'm delighted for Mo to get his head on it and put it in.
"We're just delighted to contribute and defensively I think we were very solid as well today."