Liverpool suffer their first defeat of the domestic league season but still remain on top, four points ahead of conquerors Manchester City.
FULL-TIME | WHAT A WIN. WHAT A TEAM.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 3, 2019
Sergio Agüero and Leroy Sane were the goalscorers for City while Roberto Firmino netted for the Kops.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is understandably delighted. The Spaniard tells Sky Sports after the encounter: “The game was a real game for both sides, we beat an incredible team. We were outstanding from the first minute. We are happy for this victory to reduce the gap. Everything is open.
“We don’t have a left-back. Huge compliments to Aymeric Laporte against these strikers. Everyone was outstanding.
“We need Sergio Aguero in these games, his quality makes the difference. To win these games, he has done it all his career and his finish was incredible.
“Liverpool don’t concede goals, and we scored two. We played with courage, so aggressive in our pressing. They are incredibly fast in behind, so dangerous.
“If we lose today it is almost done, it would be so difficult. But we are four points behind them and they are the leaders. We have to fight a lot, but this gives us a lot of confidence.”
‘How is that not a red card?!’
Meanwhile, Guardiola’s opposite number, Jurgen Klopp was left fuming as Vincent Kompany escaped being sent off after a high challenge on Mo Salah.
“It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say. Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity. But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations we didn’t score.
“It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team. I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.
“I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.
“Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is. You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.”
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