Former Super Eagles of Nigeria and Fortuna Sittard of the Netherlands coach, Sunday Oliseh has stated emphatically that top of the table clash between Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night is the “most thrilling match of the season”.

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the domestic league season but still remain on top, four points ahead of conquerors Manchester City.

Sergio Agüero and Leroy Sane were the goalscorers for City while Roberto Firmino netted for the Kops in a pulsating encounter at the Etihad.

Oliseh, an Olympic gold medalist, Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner and FIFA Technical member, once dubbed the African Guardiola writes on his verified Twitter handle:

“Fantastic! Thanks to arguably 2 of the Best Coaches in the world, Klopp & Guardiola, I believe we just watched the most thrilling & tactical match of the season. Man City Vs Liverpool . Man City wins & Klopp once again shows why he is an absolute world class coach. Chapeau Messieurs.”

‘I have never seen a game at the Etihad like that’

Corroborating Oliseh’s claim is former Manchester City midfielder, Michael Brown. Brown, while speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live says it is the first time he’d watch a game of such tempo at the Etihad.

Ex-City midfielder, Michael Robert Brown
Ex-City midfielder, Michael Robert Brown seconds Oliseh

“I have never seen a game at the Etihad like that. It was unbelievable to watch.

“There wasn’t a tonne of quality, but all the players were very tired and put that much into it with the tempo from the first few minutes – it was a joy to watch it.”

He opines further: “It was never a Pep Guardiola performance but I think he had to do that – I don’t think they had enough to go and out-play Liverpool today so they had to change their way.

“He will be delighted just to get over the line, he always looks for perfection and I can’t see him condoning that style of play.”

Brown submits:

“Liverpool competed and maybe could have been a bit braver, but it was an entertaining game. The quality was down but I would certainly want to pay to see that game.”


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