Man City win ugly to put brakes on Liverpool title charge

Kompany was lucky to escape with a yellow card for this tackle according to Jurgen Klopp

Kompany was lucky to escape with a yellow card for this tackle according to Jurgen Klopp

Virgil van Dijk claims Liverpool will "definitely" bounce back from defeat at Manchester City, with there "no reason for panic" in an ongoing Premier League title bid.

Premier League leaders Liverpool went down 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, the Reds' first top-flight loss of the campaign reducing the gap at the top to four points. Although their dynamism and directness with the ball is good news for Pep Guardiola's side, they never had full control or domination against Jurgen Klopp's men.

The excitement at Anfield is now at fever pitch with Liverpool four points clear at the top of the Premier League and enjoying one of the best seasons in recent memory.

"We knew before it would be a hard game and we would have to give everything to win the game", Wijnaldum told Liverpool FC's website. Liverpool fans, in particular, might feel it is worth sacrificing everything to concentrate on league progress for the rest of this season, though in reality that is usually much easier said than done and the chances of ending up with nothing are high. You have to win every game so we will see what happens. The English striker has shown time and again that he can still be sharp in attack but has been thwarted by either injury or by fellow team-members in far better form.

"We ran a lot and fought a lot and everyone could see how much we wanted to win the game".

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"Last year the Champions League (quarter-final) at home when we won 3-0 it was a brilliant game but we were under pressure in a lot of moments".

"City have fabulous football ideas and a sparkling way of playing - but not the right fighting spirit". You have to take the game how it is.

Fernandinho sat out City's back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City last month, with John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan providing uneasy alternatives at the base of Guardiola's midfield as Liverpool were gifted the initiative.

"You just have to keep going and bounce back and that is something we are definitely going to do".

The Netherlands global was part of the Liverpool FC team that failed to extend their unbeaten run to 21 games in the current campaign. We wanted to win the duels - if you don't win the duels against Liverpool, they create chances.

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