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Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League. Against the reigning champions Manchester City, the team of coach Jürgen Klopp won 3: 1 (2: 0) and continued to expand its standings. Fabinho (6th minute), Mohamed Salah (13th) and Sadio Mané (51st) scored the goals for the hosts. Bernardo Silva scored for City (78 '), which has been without a win for 17 league games at Liverpool's Anfield.
Both Liverpool and City put the opposing guardians under pressure early. As a result, especially in the early stages of a fast game in which the midfield was usually bridged with fast, deep passes.
Liverpool got off to a much better start in the beginning. After a cross from the left, Citys Ilkay Gündogan could not clear the ball. In the backcourt, Fabinho picked up the ball and shot it from above 20 meters half-height into the left corner (6th). The goal, however, was preceded by a hand-play by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Liverpool penalty area. The video assistant checked if there had to be a penalty instead of a goal for Liverpool, but referee Michael Oliver remained in his decision.
More chances, but Liverpool hits
City had great difficulties with the host's strong wing play. Just seven minutes into the opening goal, Salah headed an Andrew Robertson cross into the net (13 '). It was Liverpool's second shot on goal and a second goal, with City, including Raheem Sterling (9th) and Sergio Agüero (12th), often more dangerous than the hosts.
After the turbulent initial phase, both teams were intent on control. They tried to work their way through midfield combinations. However, Agüero (25 ') and Angeliño (29') missed the goal for City, while Salah failed on the opposite side with a bump on the bracing Claudio Bravo (44 ').
Only at the beginning of the second half City lost control: Jordan Henderson crossed from the right side to the second post, City goalkeeper Bravo misjudged and Mané headed to the preliminary decision (51) one. City invested a lot in the second half but could not reach it despite a goal from Bernardo Silva (78 ').
In the final phase, Alexander-Arnold got the ball once again in the penalty area to the hand, again let referee Oliver continue playing (83). Then Guardiola raged on the sidelines and pointed two fingers in the direction of the referee. Probably referring to the now second controversial hand decision in the Liverpool penalty area.
Pep Guardiola's team are now nine points off Liverpool in the table. The defeat also attracted Chelsea and Leicester past the Skyblues. Liverpool are eight points ahead of both teams.