Well, that was epic.
Liverpool played out arguably the game of the season against Pep Guardiola’s table-topping Manchester City this evening, ending the Citizen’s long-standing unbeaten run at Anfield.
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a well-deserved 4-3 win over the Premier League leaders – a week after Philippe Coutinho completed his move to Barcelona.
Sorry, Philippe who?
Oxlade-Chamberlain put the Reds in front after eight minutes with a brilliant drive through City’s defence, before smashing home a low effort into the far corner.
It was a stunning and powerful run, and by-far one of the best moves we’ve seen from the Ox since joining the Reds in the summer.
Leroy Sane pulled one back for City just before half-time, but the feeling at the break was that Liverpool were the much better side in this one.
And they certainly knocked it up a gear or two in the second-half, tearing apart City’s defence.
Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s lead just before the hour mark by shrugging off John Stones and beating an on-rushing Ederson.
Moments later, City were caught napping again by the Reds’ lively attackers, surrendering the ball to Mohamed Salah in their own half, who unselfishly found Sadio Mane in space, who struck it high past Ederson.
For Liverpool’s fourth, Ederson did his best Claudio Bravo impression by stupidly running out to deal with a through-ball, knocking it straight to Salah who lifted the ball straight over the ‘keeper from 40 yards out.
Truly epic stuff.
But we weren’t done there, not by a long-shot.
Bernardo Silva pulled one back for City with six minutes remaining, and hearts were truly in mouths as Ilkay Gundogan made it 4-3 in injury-time.
But it was too little too late for Guardiola’s boys, as Liverpool held on.
This is what the Premier League is all about.
The result means Liverpool have extended their unbeaten run over City at Anfield to 15 games.
But more importantly, City have finally lost a game in the Premier League, 281 days and 30 games later.
We love this game.
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