Liverpool brought Manchester City’s unbeaten domestic run crashing to an end with a scintillating 4-3 victory at Anfield on Nissan Super Sunday.
Sensational goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in nine devastating second-half minutes saw Liverpool become the first British side to beat Pep Guardiola’s men since Arsenal in the FA Cup last April, ending their 33-game unbeaten domestic run in the process.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had fired the Reds ahead inside nine minutes, only for Leroy Sane to haul the runaway Premier League leaders level before half-time.
Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan set up a tense finale, and Sergio Aguero headed a late chance wide, but Liverpool held on to avenge September’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of City, whose 81-year wait for a league double over the Reds extended.
Both sides lived up to their pre-match billing, trading blows from the first whistle before Liverpool drew first blood as Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low 20-yard drive flew past Ederson.
Liverpool continued to exert pressure but City steadied themselves and almost levelled through Aguero on 20 minutes, but he narrowly missed Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
Dejan Lovren, filling in for the injured Virgil van Dijk, then deflected a Sane shot inches wide soon after, while a bobbling De Bruyne effort saw City register their first attempt on target with 35 minutes on the clock.
Ederson was a match to Salah’s curled effort but the same could not be said for Loris Karius in the 40th minute as Sane’s fierce near-post drive flashed home to haul City level before the interval.
The second half continued in the same vein as Nicolas Otamendi crashed a header against the bar on 51 minutes, but Liverpool then embarked on a scintillating spell from which City could not recover.
Ederson made saves from Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain in quick succession before Salah clipped the bar at the end of a pulsating 56th minute. But the pressure soon told as Firmino shrugged off John Stones before chipping over the City ‘keeper and into the net via the post.
Mane then struck the post before thundering home a left-footed drive from the edge of the area, and a shell-shocked City went further behind as Salah punished Ederson’s poor clearance to make it four with a lofted, long-range strike.
Substitute Silva and Gundogan threatened to inspire the most remarkable comeback but, after Aguero headed wide in stoppage-time, City were left to come to terms with their first Premier League defeat since losing at Chelsea on April 5 2017.
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