Premier League: Liverpool End Manchester City's Unbeaten Record In Seven-Goal Thriller

Updated: 14 January 2018 23:59 IST

It was a rare chastening experience this season for City, but shouldn't prove damaging to their title bid as they remain 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who host Stoke on Monday.

Premier League: Liverpool End Manchester City
Salah celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Manchester City. © AFP

Liverpool handed Manchester City their first Premier League defeat this season as the rampant Reds won 4-3 against the shell-shocked leaders to show they can thrive without Philippe Coutinho. City swaggered into Anfield unbeaten in the top flight in 30 matches and widely heralded as champions-elect amid talk that they could go throughout the entire league campaign without losing. But 90 minutes later, Pep Guardiola's side were licking their wounds after their first domestic defeat since the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal last season. They were beaten at their own game as Jurgen Klopp's team delivered a scintillating display that allayed fears they may struggle following the sale of Brazil forward Coutinho to Barcelona.

In their first match following Coutinho's exit, Liverpool were on fire from the moment Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave them an early lead.

Leroy Sane equalised before half-time, but Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah destroyed City after the break with three goals in nine minutes.

Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan made the final score closer than City deserved.

It was a rare chastening experience this season for City, but shouldn't prove damaging to their title bid as they remain 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who host Stoke on Monday.

Liverpool go above Chelsea into third place after extending their unbeaten run to 18 matches in all competitions.

While Coutinho's departure ended the brief reign of Liverpool's 'Fab Four', Klopp could still call on Firmino, Mane and Salah.

And on the evidence of this sublime performance, it won't be long before they are dubbed Liverpool's 'holy trinity'.

They quickly combined for a tone-setting break as Firmino's lofted pass to Mane caught the City defence flat-footed, but when the ball ran to Salah, John Stones made a last-ditch block.

Liverpool fans mercilessly jeered Raheem Sterling on his return to the club he left acrimoniously in 2015.

And the Kop faithful were crowing even louder when Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead in the ninth minute.

When Oxlade-Chamberlain took possession 45 yards from goal, he appeared to pose little threat, but City's defenders fatally backed off.

Advancing at pace, Oxlade-Chamberlain set his sights from 25 yards and unloaded a fierce drive that fizzed past City goalkeeper Ederson into the far corner.

-- Sanchez missing as Arsenal lose at Bournemouth --

Arsene Wenger's miserable start to the new year took a turn for the worse as his Arsenal side -- missing wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez -- lost 2-1 at struggling Bournemouth in a game he admitted they "had to win".

Hector Bellerin put Arsenal ahead shortly after half-time but Eddie Howe's side mounted an impressive comeback, scoring twice in five minutes through Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe.

Defeat leaves Arsenal in sixth place, five points off the top four ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City later on Sunday, and without a win, in five games in all competitions while Bournemouth moved four points clear of the bottom three.

And while Wenger wrestles with problems on the field, the off-the-pitch saga involving Sanchez is adding to his concerns, with the manager admitting that continuing uncertainty surrounding the striker's future was the reason he was omitted.

"Half in half out, you never know this kind of situation during the transfer period," he said after the match. "That is why I decided to focus on the game."

Sanchez, who is in the final year of his contract, has been a long-term target for Manchester City and was expected to move to the Etihad Stadium in a £60 million ($82 million, 67 million euros) transfer on the final day of the last transfer window had Arsenal completed a deal for Monaco's Thomas Lemar.

City remained favourites to sign the Chile international this month until Manchester United expressed their interest last week.

The Old Trafford club's willingness to meet Arsenal's £35 million valuation of Sanchez, who can leave as a free agent at the end of the campaign, together with the possibility of offering one-time Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of any deal, have increased the chance of the forward joining Jose Mourinho's squad.

But while Wenger confirmed he expected the situation to be resolved soon, he said he did not know what the final outcome would be.

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Topics : Liverpool Manchester City Football English Premier League
Highlights
  • Liverpool beat Manchester City at Anfield
  • Liverpool go above Chelsea into third place
  • Manchester City remain 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United
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