Although there is still 6+ months of Premier League action remaining in the season, with all kinds of plot twists possible, the way Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 recently on November 10, everyone is now sure that there will indeed be a change of guard at the English football’s pinnacle.
Regardless of the fact that Liverpool has a very healthy lead over the defending champions, as well as Chelsea and Leicester City, what’s impressive is that Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost only one game in the League in the last 18 months. The way they beat Man City at Anfield clearly indicated that the Reds’ fans 30 year long wait for a domestic title may be finally coming to an end.
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Liverpool were better in every department of the game
It’s important to mention that City didn’t perform very poorly and delivered an entertaining match overall, however, Liverpool were better than their opposition in every department of the game. They were solid at the back, the midfielders were quicker, harder, stronger and more incisive, well-assisted by the fullbacks, and the attack was amazing with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both delivering the goods.
Liverpool emerged European champions after beating good sides like Barcelona, overpowering them physically and scoring consistently with speedy bursts down the flanks. City on the other hand won the last two EPL titles courtesy their mastery of football possession and overall technical brilliance. But it’s pretty clear that Liverpool are maintaining an excellent level of consistency overall. Staying unbeaten and scoring 11 wins from 12 games so far is no mean feat. They went into the Man City encounter with the only question being if they’d be able to cope up with the challenge offered by Guardiola’s City machine.
Well, the conclusion after the high quality football display for 90 minutes proved that Liverpool has no weak spots now. We can’t think of any football team in the world that can enter Anfield with 100% confidence of leaving with a victory.
Manchester City on the other hand exposed their weaknesses caused by injuries and due to the big mistake of not replacing Vincent Kompany after he had left the club during the closing stages of last season. Liverpool on the other hand replaced Joe Matip, the injured defensive partner of Virgil van Dijk, with Dejan Lovren, the experienced Croatian; with Joe Gomez, the English national player still warming the bench.
Even though there were no glaring errors made by Man City’s defenders, their vulnerability was well-evident throughout the game. It was only a matter of time that Liverpool would have punished their backline. And it did happen eventually. The result was there for everyone to see.