Jürgen Klopp has also won the Premier League with Liverpool and inflicted a painful defeat on his eternal rival Pep Guardiola. Liverpool won a thrilling duel with Manchester City on Sunday, 3-1 (2-0) lonely at the top of the table: Twelve season games, eleven victories, no defeat – and already nine points clear of defending champions City.
Across the season, the Reds have been unbeaten for 29 league games, they had lost in early January, then away at ManCity. The Sky Blues with national player Ilkay Gündogan even slipped to fourth place at the weekend, with Leicester City and Chelsea passing with victories. Fabinho (6) and Mohamed Salah (13) gave the brutally effective Liverpoolers a lightning start, Sadio Mane (51.) put in the second half of a high-class top match after. Despite numerous chances only Bernardo Silva (78.) met for Manchester. For Klopp it was the ninth victory (two draws) in the 18th duel with Guardiola. Liverpool's Salah with header goal Before 53,324 spectators at Anfield, the Spaniard had ordered his team extreme pressing. In the early stages City pressed the hosts in their own half, was also equal threat – but was caught cold. Gündogan clarified a cross inadequate, Fabinho came centrally to the ball and met from about 20 meters to the lead. Guardiola then complained loudly and demanded a penalty: Seconds before Fabinho's goal was Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk the ball jumped in his own penalty area in the hand.City was still hardly impressed and pressed on, in the following minutes, the master came to good opportunities by Raheem Sterling (9th) and Sergio Aguero (12th). Full back Andrew Robertson made a strong cross from the half-field, Salah hit home full-time. City leaves plenty of opportunities Liverpool led 2-0 after the second chance and City missed out on numerous opportunities. Aguero failed to Reds goalkeeper Alisson, Angelino on the post, at the break, the guests had earned at least one goal.Nach the break offered the same picture immediately: Klopp's team took advantage of the first opportunity to 3-0. Jordan Henderson's cross landed on Manes head as Citys replacement goalkeeper Claudio Bravo blew the ball. The Chilean replaced regular keeper Ederson, who was missing because of muscular problems. Bernardo's hit once again made for a hectic rush, but even then City left some chances.