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Gundogan inspires Man City away win over reigning champions

Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva
Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan celebrates a goal with his teammate Bernardo Silva

Manchester City continued their climb to the podium of the English Premier League with their stunning 4-1 victory against champions Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah converted a penalty to equalise Ilkay Gundogan’s 49th-minute opener, but City capitalised on defensive errors to score twice in the space of three minutes through Gundogan and Raheem Sterling, before Phil Foden added a fourth. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side have now lost three successive top-flight home matches for the first time since 1963.

Phil Foden, one of the match heroes, tweeted a post with two pictures after the important win: the second one shows him scoring against Alisson, the first one shows Stefan Jovetic celebrating his goal against Swansea in 2014.

By the way, Foden has scored almost as much for the City this season as Stefan Jovetic has all season (the Montenegrin has 11 goals).

Jürgen Klopp felt a largely positive performance was undermined by individual mistakes:

“Really, criticism is always like this. Somebody can tell me whatever went wrong, stuff like this, I know the things probably before already so that’s not a problem. We take that. But it is not the last game of the season so there are a lot of games to come. If we would have played more often as we played tonight, we would not be 10 or 13 points behind City but it is not a dreamland or whatever, we have to accept the reality and we do that. We will fight, we will fight for results. Tonight we did that. We didn’t get it because of our own fault, that’s clear, but the good stuff we should keep.”

The Merseyside’s Brazilian goalkeeper had a terrible game. The reliable goalkeeper made two ridiculous mistakes that led to a goal. Here’s one of them:

Klopp on the two uncharacteristic mistakes made by Alisson Becker:

“I spoke to him now a few seconds ago. He is obviously very disappointed and his words were, ‘Not today, not today…’ and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s the problem with mistakes, you cannot decide when you make them.’ The only thing you can do is learn off it.

That is what he will do and it will never happen to him again, I am pretty sure. But tonight it was decisive, I would say. That’s OK, he saved our lives I don’t know how often, he is an absolutely world-class goalie and tonight some things went a little bit wrong and we have to take that and we do.”

This match reminded fans of Karius’ performance in the Champions League:

  • City’s win at Anfield was their 14th successive victory in all competitions, equalling the all-time winning record by an English top-flight side. They now sit alongside Preston in 1892 and Arsenal in 1987 in the record books.
  • Phil Foden is now the youngest player to ever score and assist in a Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield.