Mohamed Salah’s superb second-half goal led Liverpool to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in a thrilling encounter at Anfield, which also saw Jurgen Klopp sent off.
Salah, who survived a six-minute hat-trick against Rangers, made a superb control piece to drop Alisson’s long kick and move away from Joao Cancelo before defeating Ederson by an impressive finish (76) as Liverpool put their recent struggles behind them. .
Klopp’s red card came as tensions subsided in the latter stages, with the Liverpool boss sent off after an angry reaction when the home side were denied a free kick for an apparent error by Bernardo Silva on Salah, whose goal ended a five-game streak in the Premier League.
The incident came after Pep Guardiola was furious earlier in the match when the VAR overturned Phil Foden’s goal after Erling Haaland deemed Fabinho wrong in the match.
Liverpool entered the match 13 points behind City after their worst start in a season in 10 years, but they defended strongly, becoming the second Premier League team throughout the season to prevent Haaland from scoring, and seized their chance when Salah was previously. Ederson denied him in similar circumstances, causing Anfield to explode with a goal to breathe life into their season.
Meanwhile, for City, the defeat puts an end to their unbeaten start to the Premier League, and leaves them four points behind leaders Arsenal, who beat Leeds 1-0 earlier on Sunday.
Liverpool: Alisson (9), Milner (8), Gomez (9), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (8), Thiago (7), Elliott (7), Fabinho (7), Salah (8), Firmino (7) , gutta (7).
Subs: Nunez (5), Carvalho (6), Henderson (6), Alexander Arnold (unknown), Tsimikas (unknown).
Manchester Ederson (6), Cancelo (5), Akanji (6), Dias (7), Aki (6), Gundogan (7), Rodri (8), De Bruyne (6), Silva (6), Haaland (6) Foden (7).
Subs: Alvarez (unknown).
man of the match: Joe Gomez
How did Liverpool stop the City machine?
Liverpool were facing a very important task against a City side that had scored 13 goals in their last three Premier League games, and that task was even more difficult before the ball was kicked.
A muscle injury to Ibrahima Kante led the France international to join Joel Matip on the sidelines, meaning Joe Gomez had to move into central defense and James Milner had to fill in at right-back, and Trent Alexander-Arnold was only fit enough to play. Bench.
- Joe Gomez started at the heart of the defense due to Ibrahim Konate’s injury, James Milner started at right-back, while Mohamed Salah returned to the starting lineup after his hat-trick against Rangers.
- Pep Guardiola made only one change from the Manchester City side that beat Southampton, with Ilkay Gundogan replacing Riyad Mahrez. Erling Haaland started again after a midweek break.
The temporary defensive line faced a stinging test against the free-goal Haaland, and the City striker had a string of half-chances before the break after resting against FC Copenhagen in the middle of the week.
The first of those opportunities was rejected by Alisson when he tried the Liverpool goalkeeper’s shot from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass. Then he twice rejected my chance with a header, the second coming from Kevin De Bruyne’s brand cross.
But Liverpool maintained their consistency, creating their own chances in the first period as well, as Diogo Jota sent a free header straight to Ederson from Harvey Elliott’s cross, and Andrew Robertson returned after another dangerous attack.
But after the break, the game really exploded into life.
A frantic period began with Ederson’s brilliant save from Salah after the Egyptian fired City’s offside trap from Roberto Firmino’s pass, and within minutes City thought they were in front.
Foden was the man to get the ball into the net, firing into the net via a deflection off the outstanding Gomez after Alisson failed to collect a De Bruyne pass under Haaland’s pressure.
But City’s joy was short-lived, with referee Anthony Taylor instructed to consult with the field-side monitor and duly punish Haaland for pulling the shirt of Liverpool midfielder Fabinho.
The delay encouraged Liverpool, with Jota close again when he headed in Salah’s pass at the far post, but City continued to threaten as well, with Haaland making a superb one-handed save by Alisson shortly thereafter.
However, it was Liverpool who achieved the decisive breakthrough, and Salah controlled superbly from Alisson’s kick that beat Cancelo and put him in goal for the second time.
City struggled to smash Liverpool as they tried to come back in the latter stages, with tensions exacerbating when Klopp received a red card from Taylor.
But it was Liverpool who created the best chances, as substitute Darwin Nunez inexplicably chose to shoot rather than find a teammate during a three-man attack, and Alexander-Arnold, another substitute, also came close.
But in the end, one goal was enough. Enough to start Liverpool’s season, perhaps, and certainly enough to leave City with a surprising catch up on leaders Arsenal.
Guardiola scores an illegal goal: This is Anfield
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola To Sky Sports:
“The referee came to the coaches and said: ‘Play, play.’ There were a million mistakes. But after we scored a goal, he decided he wasn’t going to play, that’s Anfield.
“we had [enough] opportunities. We had some great opportunities.
“All the game we were brave, we played the game we should be playing and I have no complaints or regrets for the way we did.
“We had chances but it wasn’t enough to do it. We did a good process of not letting them move. All in all the three defenders were great.”
Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva To Sky Sports:
“What we expect from referees is consistency in decisions and when you’re going the way of not whistling a few contacts throughout the whole game, you need to keep those decisions and continue in that direction.
“If you want to whistle all of them, but if you haven’t since the beginning of the game – we were allowed to play which is good – then if there is a target you can’t whistle that target.
“If you want consistency from judgment you can’t change just because there’s a goal and because it’s a tough decision, you have to make the hard decision and keep the goal.”
FPL stats: Liverpool vs Manchester City
|Bonus points||Alisson (3 points), Van Dijk, Gomez (2 points)|
Klopp: I earned my red card
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp To Sky Sports:
“The result, excellent, the performance, really, really great in a very tough match.
“We defended at an incredibly high level for 99 minutes and had really good football moments. We scored a goal and could have scored more.
“They had their moments as well, but, especially in the penalty area, we did very well. We won almost every game. I think there was one free header from Haaland.
“We came today and that’s what we wanted to do.”
On his red card, he said: “In the end, maybe he deserves it. But, this situation, you can’t blow the whistle. After all the things that happened on the pitch, I don’t know what Mohamed Salah should do to get a free kick.
“Beep [Guardiola] I agreed to the seam. We didn’t understand the permissible challenges and all these kinds of things.
“Why would you do that? Both sides. The match isn’t going to be a bit worse, but we have to take that, we’re on the weak side of it. We don’t have strength at all.”
“At the moment, something has been stopped, I’m not proud of it. But it’s the clearest foul I’ve ever seen, in front of the assistant referee,” says Play.
“How can you let this situation go? He obviously brought him down. Sometimes we move a little bit, and that’s what happened to me in that moment.”
Cara: Winning could change Liverpool’s season
Sky Sports Jimmy Carragher:
“I think it can [transform Liverpool’s season]. It’s a big deal when you have three Premier League games in one week, you have a real chance to jump the table.
“Liverpool got West Ham in the middle of the week before facing Nottingham Forest on Saturday, so it gives them a good chance.
“I thought Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah were great in the game. We’re all looking for reasons why Liverpool are down, but any great team when they’re at their best, I think it’s about five or six players and rest in place around them.
“When you think of the stars of the team, you think of goalkeeper Alisson who has been really good this season, Van Dijk, Trent, Fabinho as shield, Salah and Sadio Mane.
“These are the players that stood out for me. Sadio was gone, Trent wasn’t close to his level, Van Dijk, Fabinho wasn’t, neither was Salah.
“Van Dijk played more aggressively than I saw him play and Salah on the other end was an electrician. When you play your best players, everyone plays well around them.
“Every great team counts on five or six of their captains, and they were fantastic today. That’s why Liverpool are where they are.”
Liverpool ends City’s away run – Opta stats
- Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 28 Premier League games at Anfield (W21 L7) since losing six in a row between January and March in 2021.
- Manchester City lost a Premier League away game for the first time since August 2021 against Tottenham, ending the longest unbeaten away run in the league’s history (22 games).
- Pep Guardiola has lost 11 games to Jurgen Klopp as a coach, at least four more than any other coach.
- Mohamed Salah directly participated in 14 goals against Manchester City in all competitions for Liverpool (nine goals and five assists), the most against any opponent for the Reds.
Liverpool They are back to work on Wednesday when they host West Ham At Anfield, with kick-off at 7:30 p.m.
Manchester They don’t have any matches in the middle of the week, which means their next exit will be on Saturday when Brighton Travel to the Etihad Stadium, with kick-off at 3pm.