English Premier League match report Liverpool v Manchester City 14 January 2018


The match started lively and lived up to the anticipation and build up by dishing up a seven-goal thriller. Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain sent the Kop into delirium as he gave Liverpool a vital 1-0 lead in their match against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Ox’ marked his recent turn of form with a goal to savour after Roberto Firmino’s delightful touch played in Oxlaide Chamberlain who drove towards the Manchester City defence before unleashing a venomous strike past Ederson in the City goal.

Five minutes from halftime, Leroy Sane found the equalising goal with a thunderous left-footed strike after an exquisite diagonal ball from right back Kyle Walker, which found the German International in space.

Sane beat Liverpool full-back Joe Gomez as he entered the box then shifted the ball onto his favourite left foot and blasted the ball past Loris Karius on his near post to level matter 1-1.

After the break, it was the Citizens who started the brighter with defender Nicolas Otamendi hitting the crossbar from a corner.

The league leaders were in the ascendancy and enjoying the bulk of possession with the Reds looking to create more on the counter-attack.

In a tie that ebbed and flowed the home side looked to be more adventurous and paid dividends when the silky Brazilian Roberto Firmino beat John Stones with his tenacity and delightfully lobbed Ederson to restore Liverpool's 2-1 lead.

The Senegalese forward Sadio Mane then smashed home a left footed thunderbolt strike past Ederson two minutes later as the Reds had Man City at 3-1 with their backs against the wall.

The rout was completed by the leading goal-scorer in the Liverpool ranks, Mohammed Salah scored from 30 yards when Ederson made a hash of clearing his lines and Salah lobbed the ball from range into an empty net.

City set up nervy final 10 minutes with late goals by Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

However, Klopp's charges managed to see out the latter stages of the half to claim three points and move up to third spot.

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