Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Are Liverpool Premier League champions-elect?

Are Liverpool Premier League champions-elect?

Silva has started all but three of City's Premier League games this season highlighting his importance to the side and Guardiola was effusive in his praise of him post-match.

Sergio Aguero fired Man City into the lead from a ridiculous angle but that was after Liverpool were 11mm away from taking the lead, after a mix-up between John Stones and Ederson. He saw yellow for the challenge but said he felt it was a good tackle.

Things could have been very different had Sadio Mane converted an earlier chance for the visitors though.

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. Against these teams, City's record reads: played 12, won four, lost six, a testament to City's diminishing returns.

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Manchester City hosts Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in a match with massive title implications on Thursday.

The forward sparked panic in the hosts' defense after his shot rebounded off the post and nearly crept back in after hitting City goalkeeper Ederson.

Manchester City's defence is not lacking in investment though and shouldn't need to rely on such a safety net.

Their clean sheet didn't last much longer, though, as Jurgen Klopp's side equalised just a minute later when the ball was pinged from right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to left-back Andy Robertson, who nudged the ball across for Firmino to finish. That fixture back in August, in which Aymeric Laporte's goal cancelled Willy Boly's opener, was the first points City dropped in 2018-19.

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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.

While that may not be strictly true, there's no doubt a positive result could give either side the momentum to go on and win the Premier League this season. He's clean, he's clever, he fought against Van Dijk.

Sturridge initially joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013 and his best scoring season for the Reds came during the 2013-14 campaign, when he managed 24 goals in all competitions. Even though Liverpool's lead atop the table was cut to four, Klopp and Co. still controls their own destiny.

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