Fernandinho believes Liverpool will crack as Man City close the gap

Manchester City ends Liverpool's unbeaten run to throw EPL title race wide open

Manchester City ends Liverpool's unbeaten run to throw EPL title race wide open

Nevertheless, Klopp did not want to focus on the negative, adamant he never thought it possible to be clear of City after playing their two regulated Premier League fixtures.

Jurgen Klopp was left bemused as to how Vincent Kompany escaped a red card for a first-half lunge on Mohamed Salah in Manchester City's 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday.

Completing the packed festive program with an engrossing encounter, Liverpool's threatened a comeback when Roberto Firmino cancelled out Sergio Aguero's first-half opener but Leroy Sane struck the victor in the 72nd minute.

Fernandinho, who was among City's finest performers at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, said: "Four points is going to be interesting for the rest of the season for both teams".

So far, City have the best record in games against the top clubs - in six fixtures they have four wins although they did lose to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"On the pitch I felt I got the ball, a bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty".

"I said it before there will be setbacks". They tried to play it too cool; Alisson was taking too long on the ball and that gave City the impetus to go and pressure them.

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Sadio Mane had the first real opportunity of the match that hit the post, came back, and was somehow deflected off the face off Ederson, and was millimeters away from crossing the goal line. If you don't win the duels against Liverpool, they create chances.

A year after Liverpool ended City's hopes of emulating Arsenal's 2003-04 Invincibles, the tables were turned on a freezing night that saw the title race open up again.

"It was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head".

He's so important for them and they really missed him in the games they lost last month. We need to be ready and we will be. They won, but we are still on top and we are still confident.

"We knew it was going to be a very tough season and there will be ups and downs and Thursday was obviously a down", said the Netherlands worldwide.

Liverpool pushed for an equaliser after the break and it eventually came just after the hour-mark, with Roberto Firmino heading home from close-range after outstanding play from full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson in the build-up. I am disappointed because we lost.

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