The Reds have once again showed who’s boss in Anfield with an extraordinary victory by 3-1 over the English champions Manchester City on the last round of the Premier League.
Vicious start from the attack of the hosts
The start of the match was fascinating at Anfield, with City taking the initiative and playing on Liverpool’s midfield for several minutes. However, every time the home side went quick on the attack, panic was installed on the Citizens’ defence, with the hosts ending up scoring 2 goals during the first 13 minutes of the match.
Firstly, Fabinho scored a very good goal from outside the box on an insistence play and then Mohamed Salah responded in the best way to an excellent cross by Andy Robertson.
Meanwhile, there have been protests from Pep Guardiola’s team claiming that the first goal appears from a foul on the opposing box, with Alexander-Arnold eventually touching the ball with his arm, but both the referee and the VAR opted to let play continue, validating the goal from the home side.
And speaking about strong starts, the same thing happened in the 2nd half, with Liverpool increasing the lead to 3-0 by Sadio Mané in the 6th minute of the 2nd half, which was a rough blow on the Citizens’ ambitions at Anfield Road.
Bernardo to the late rescue
Once again, Bernardo Silva performed well for Manchester City, looking to cause problems on the well-organized Liverpool’s defence many times, and he even ended up scoring the redemption goal for the visitors, on a surprising shot to the near post that surprised the Alisson.
The Portuguese creative midfielder once again showed his influence on a City side that continues to show clear defensive problems this season.
After Vincent Kompany’s departure and Aymeric Laporte’s injury, the team from Manchester has been struggling at the back, with Fernandinho being far from being a central defender and both Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones showing some weaknesses.
To have a clearer idea of this statistic we just need to say that City conceded 23 goals in 38 matches in the Premier League last season, while this season they’ve already conceded 13 goals in only 12 matches.
This has been the key for the differences between the two sides in the Premier League, because Liverpool has only conceded 10 so far, and they have been able to mitigate the damage on the matches where they concede, while City haven’t been as effective doing that.
A promising advantage for the Reds
That way, and against all odds, Liverpool already present a 9-points advantage over Manchester City after the 12 first rounds and that is a very interesting comfort pillow for Jurgen Klopp’s side that is still looking for their first title in the Premier League – their last tile was in 1989/90, when the competition still didn’t have this name.
As you’ll certainly remember, Liverpool had 7 more points than Manchester City until the 20th round of the Premier League last season and they ended up not winning the title, which suggests that there is still a long way to go in English football and not everything is decided yet.
🗣️| Virgil van Dijk: “Para os nossos torcedores, vencer o campeonato tem demorado demais. Nenhuma competição é mais importante que esta, mas precisamos manter a empolgação do lado de fora. Klopp nos diz toda semana: 'Concentre-se no próximo jogo'. ''4️⃣🇳🇱♥️#Liverpool #VanDijk pic.twitter.com/BlTTbb3jo7
— Somos Liverpool (@Somos_Liverpool) November 17, 2019
Still, it is clear that this excellent advantage over their more direct contenders is very promising and that puts Liverpool on the front line to win the English title, currently being priced at 1.33 on Bet365 to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
The two teams that wear dark blue are surprising at this start of the season and they’ve even overtaken Manchester City after the 12th round, currently leading the train of Liverpool’s pursuers with 8 less points.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea is being one of the sensations
Especially because of the youth they have on their roster, since they can’t make moves on the market because of the financial fair-play restrictions. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic have been excellent news for the Premier League.
As for Leicester they are surprising because they are once again building a team without making great investments.
Jamie Vardy continues to be a synonym of goals, while James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira or the newcomer Turkish defender Caglar Soyuncu are showing a lot of quality from game to game, led by the experienced manager Brendan Rodgers.
English football returns on the 23rd with another big match between Manchester City and Chelsea that promises to be very exciting on the fight for the top spots of the league table.