Liverpool's Jordan Henderson urges perspective after Man City defeat

05 January, 2019, 03:00 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Jurgen Klopp’s influence on Liverpool’s psychology is more encouraging than their points or position

At the other end Virgil van Dijk was again justifying his tag as the world's most expensive defender to keep City's array of attacking talent quiet with the Dutchman standing tall to block David Silva's effort.

With the game continuing at a frantic pace, Leroy Sane's 72nd minute low strike beat Alisson at the far post to give City all three points.

The Portugal global also claimed an assist as City closed within four points of Liverpool, who were condemned to their first defeat of the Premier League campaign.

Liverpool remain at the top of the Premier League table, four points ahead of Pep Guardiola's side, who will feel buoyed in the title race after a hard-earned victory.

Salah started six of the seven games for the Reds and scored six goals, including a hat-trick at Bournemouth and the opener at Wolverhampton Wanderers. I got the ball, a little bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty.

"I think all the big games are like this", said Fernandinho.

"Fair play to City and congratulations to them but we just have to keep going".

Stones' first goal-saving intervention came just after Sadio Mane had hit the post with the deadlock yet to be broken 17 minutes in, and Aguero capitalized on that reprieve shortly before the break. If you don't win the duels against Liverpool, they create chances.

"He is last man and he goes in".

"It was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head". For us it was just another important Premier League game. We need to be ready and we will be. But we don't have experience in it, so why act like someone who wins all the time? "It is still looking fine for us", said Van Dijk.

Their loss had nothing to do with nerves, or any lack of effort or ability, and it is not as if City won by dismantling Liverpool or exposing any flaws in their team. "We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier league; if we lose it is over".

Klopp and his players would say all the right things, of course, about the title race not being over and plenty of points still to play for, but that would have been fooling no one.

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