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3 talking points as Manchester City dismantle Liverpool at Anfield

Manchester City crushed Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s dreams of retaining the Premier League title after a phenomenal victory at Anfield.

Manchester City delivered another big statement in the title race when they defeated Liverpool on Sunday night. The Sky Blues had not won at Anfield in 17 years and broke the jinx in style with a 1-4 victory. The first big moment of the game came when Raheem Sterling was brought down by Fabinho inside the box giving the travelers a penalty to open the scoring.

Ilkay Gundogan flew the resulting penalty into the Kop which resulted in a deadlock at halftime. Gundogan finally made amends in the second half when he scored from close range to give City the lead. However, Mohammed Salah equalized from the spot after he was brought down after a rare Ruben Dias error.

The German midfielder, Gundogan then restored the lead for the Sky Blues once again after an Alisson Becker howler. The Brazilian goalkeeper made another error in a pass which resulted in the third goal for the visitors that was converted by Sterling. Phil Foden completed Liverpool’s misery when he rounded off the rout with a superb goal. 

Manchester City’s performance spoke volumes about their title credentials while the Reds may have to look to secure a top four finish this season.
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DEFENDING THE TITLE SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE FOR LIVERPOOL AND JURGEN KLOPP

This was supposed to be the game for Liverpool to come back into the title race, but are now ten points behind City, possibly 13 if the Manchester club, who have won their last 10 in a row, win their game in hand. Jurgen Klopp’s side are now just one point ahead of West Ham, and three ahead of Everton who have two games in hand – the Merseyside derby in a fortnight is a top-four six-pointer.

If Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea win their games in hand, they will be just a point behind Liverpool. The focus will now turn to simply staying in the top four and not dropping further points, as not qualifying for the Champions League in the season after a title win would be unthinkable.