Reds overcome Pep’s boys
With 12 games now played, we are starting to get a clearer picture of how this season is going to pan out. Skeptics will argue that it is still too early to declare Liverpool as the main contenders for the Premier League title but lets be honest they have been highly consistent thus far (remember this side have yet to lose a game) and who’s gonna stop them? Certainly not Manchester City right?
The top two sides of the league met at Anfield over the weekend in a hugely anticipated match. There was a lot riding on this game as the winner could either extend their lead (Liverpool) or close the gap (City). Liverpool had the advantage of being the home side, however when you’re facing a team like Manchester City, all that advantage goes out of the window.
With that being said it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock in just 6 minutes when Fabinho put the home side ahead with a thunderous strike from almost 30 yards out. There was nothing the Manchester City keeper could do (literally nothing, that’s how good the strike was!!). The Anfield hopeful celebrated like they’d won the league and who could blame them.
Moments later, Mo Salah added another in the 13th minute with a neatly headed goal after a brilliant cross from Robertson. More fist pumping and jubilation ensued from everything Red. With the home side ahead by two goals, City didn’t crumble and dug their heels in harder. They created some opportunities but luck was hard to come by. And shortly after the break Liverpool were at it again. This time it was Mane on the end of a Henderson cross to put the Reds 3 goals ahead.
Klopp must have felt like he was in dreamland (I know I certainly would) especially with the significance of the game. Manchester City did eventually find a consolation goal through Bernado Silva but by then it was all over (and that was in the 78th minute). It was pretty obvious for all to see that the momentum belongs with Liverpool and their wait for that elusive Premier League title could finally be over. Commentators and Pundits across the country have practically declared Liverpool champions after their victory at the weekend (somehow I don’t think history will repeat itself).
Meanwhile Manchester United seem to have turned a corner after a convincing win at home to Brighton. Pereira put the home side ahead in the 17th minute before Propper scored an own goal to give United a two goal cushion. Dunk pulled one back in the 64th minute for Brighton, giving the travelling supporters some hope. However, Marcus Rashford ended all hopes of a comeback when he netted in the 66th minute to give United a comfortable 3-1 victory (I know many United fans will be pleased with the performance but remember Ole is still at the wheel….hehehe!!).
Things aren’t going quite so well in North London this season. Arsenal suffered another defeat by Leicester after losing 2-0, Jamie Vardy (68minute) and Maddison (75minute) scoring the goals respectively. Leicester are now second in the table and are showing true ambitions of attaining a champions league spot at the very least if the title is too far out of sight.
North London neighbours Tottenham will count themselves lucky with a draw against Sheffield United. Son put Spurs ahead in the 58 minute but Baldock equalised for the Blades in the 78th minute to rescue a point for the visitors although they did have a goal ruled out by VAR (gotta love it….you really do). Chelsea are still flying the flag with their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace as Lampard boys are quickly turning into men with yet another impressive display. Abraham and Pulisic with the goals for the Blues.
Let the boys be boys!!!!