Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Liverpool - Premier League - 4 January 2019

Liverpool - Premier League - 4 January 2019

Klopp insisted Liverpool would bounce back from their first setback of what has been a dream season so far.

City cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League to four points after a thrilling match that they won courtesy of superbly taken goals from Sergio Agüero and Leroy Sané.

Jurgen Klopp's unbeaten side came to Manchester hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table to nine points. "It had wild moments".

This is an impressive Liverpool team, make no mistake, and they are stronger in all departments than the team that went so close to winning the title under Brendan Rodgers in 2014.

"But how on Earth is that not a red card?"

"And the opponent is City and they are used to it much longer than we are".

Stones nearly made a mess of the clearance, initially striking the ball against goalkeeper Ederson before racing back to the goal line to hack the ball to safety. It proved just enough, as goal-line technology ruled out the score.

Dejan Lovren set the tone with a heavy challenge on Aguero early on and Vincent Kompany was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch after a unsafe first-half lunge on Mohamed Salah.

A sliding tackle into Mohamed Salah that Liverpool manager Klopp later said should been a sending off only saw Kompany booked.

"I thought it was a great challenge, was it not?"

"I think he showed his class", Fernandinho said. I didn't try to injure him, that's for sure.

When Bernardo Silva played the ball back into the Liverpool area, Aguero had barely moved from his position, but Dejan Lovren didn't react quickly enough and the Argentina forward made a clever run across him. If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years then we go 100 percent, but we don't have the experience in that. Conversely, Man City can get right back into the title race and leapfrog Tottenham into second place after a pair of recent shocking defeats opened the door for Liverpool and Spurs to pull ahead.

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

Speaking during Sky Sports' coverage of the game, Neville pulled out the positive of Alexander-Arnold's performance, highlighting his contribution for his side's goal. "It was important we played with courage in our game and we were aggressive in our pressing".

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