Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leroy Sané ignites title race as slick City end Liverpool's unbeaten run

Leroy Sané ignites title race as slick City end Liverpool's unbeaten run

Man City 1-2 Liverpool - The match in photos.

Both teams now have 17 games remaining.

Firmino's equaliser, followed by Sane's victor, capped a pulsating second half, but City's win denied Liverpool the chance to open up a 10-point gap by claiming victory.

Manchester City demonstrated substance as well as style as they overcame Liverpool, the greatest threat to their hopes of retaining their Premier League title, on a night of searing tension.

Guardiola refused to be drawn on Kompany's tackle of Salah in the first half, which Jurgen Klopp believed was a red card.

There was a rarely a boring moment after Sadio Mane hit the post for Liverpool in the 18th minute.

"Today they showed everybody how good they are, they played against an incredible team".

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Manchester City's defence is not lacking in investment though and shouldn't need to rely on such a safety net. Huge compliments to Aymeric Laporte against these strikers. The only team to make rubbish of the relevance of being atop the table at Christmas has been Liverpool.

- John Nolan (@JohnNolanLFC) January 3, 2019Lovren normally has a bad game once in every 6-7 games, unfortunately for us it's this one.

In fact, three league draws had been the only blemish to a fantastic season before tonight - an unbeaten form that could only be matched by Juventus and PSG in Europe's top five leagues. Indeed, City in general have a favourable record against Newcastle, winning 23 of their 37 Premier League matches - including nine of 18 at St James' Park - and scoring an impressive 69 goals.

Liverpool's aura of invincibility has now been shattered, though, and the question now is all about how they respond, especially as they are the hunted this season.

However, with the purchase of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson, the raging tides have turned, Liverpool have drowned or are drowning their rivals with their full throttle attacking football and "close-to-impervious" defending.

City mirrored Liverpool's system, playing 4-3-3 with Fernandinho at the base of the midfield while Liverpool played a flatter midfield trio.

In addition, Van Dijk - who signed for the club this time a year ago for an estimated $94 million - has brought much-needed leadership to a back-four that has conceded just ten league goals this season.

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