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John Stones just went from Sunday league defender to Superman in seconds

John Stones and Ederson were involved in a heart in mouth moment to keep the scoreline at 0-0

The best league in the world you say?

Man City’s top of the table clash with Liverpool has already provided more excitement than their meeting earlier in the season.

The biggest chance in the early stages of the first-half fell to Jurgen Klopp’s men who were literally millimetres from opening the scoring.


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He’ll pretend it was all part of the master plan

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He’ll pretend it was all part of the master plan

A lovely team move from Liverpool ended with Mo Salah slipping Sadio Mane through one-on-one who came agonisingly close to finding the back of the net.

The utter chaos that then ensued was more something you associate with Sunday league and not the Premier League.

*Insert generic line about Hackney Marshes.*

Mane looked certain to score and round off what was a superb Liverpool team move

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Mane looked certain to score and round off what was a superb Liverpool team move

The strike bounced back into City’s box off the post and all hell was about to break loose

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The strike bounced back into City’s box off the post and all hell was about to break loose

In some heroic attempts to clear their lines, both John Stones and Ederson pounced on the loose ball

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In some heroic attempts to clear their lines, both John Stones and Ederson pounced on the loose ball

Stones’ attempted clearance smashed right off his flying goalkeeper and the ball went looping back towards the City net

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Stones’ attempted clearance smashed right off his flying goalkeeper and the ball went looping back towards the City net

Displaying what can best be described as superhuman abilities, Stones recovered to clear the ball off the line

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Displaying what can best be described as superhuman abilities, Stones recovered to clear the ball off the line

The ball didn’t end up in the net but Salah did

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The ball didn’t end up in the net but Salah did

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Time seemed to move in slow motion as Stones made his glorious ascent back to the goal-line and hook the ball away from danger, nutmegging an onrushing Salah in the process.

From certain angles the ball actually looks as though it went over the line, before the goal decision system (GDS), played the pantomime villain and denied Liverpool an opener.

Boo boo, hiss hiss

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Boo boo, hiss hiss

Sergio Aguero then compounded Liverpool’s first-half misery when he opened the scoring for City in the closing stages of the opening 45 minutes.

In May, we might well look back on Stones’ goal-line clearance as the moment where the title was won or lost for either side.

It was the finest of margins.


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