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Man City

Man City

It had been 364 days since Liverpool last fell behind at home in the Premier League until Maitland-Nile's 11th-minute opener but the Reds came roaring back with a simply devastating attacking display, as they passed yet another challenge with flying colours.

Jurgen Klopp is also set to make just two changes to his Liverpool side as they look to reaffirm their place at the top of the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp's team were nearly untouchable here, taking advantage of Tottenham's unexpected collapse at Wembley to open up an impressive nine-point gap at the top of the table.

They have scored 21 times in their last six Premier League games and that total could easily be higher.

"The second half we wanted to little by little impose ourselves to find one goal but another penalty closed the match. As I said from the beginning of the season there are two teams a step above, Liverpool and Manchester", he said.

"I think you can not blame [the players]", he told a news conference.

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"Will he be fit enough to deal with [Mo] Salah, [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino?" The pair combined devastatingly for Liverpool's third, Salah prodding Andrew Robertson's long pass across goal for Mane to score.

Sadio Mane extended the home side's lead with a cushioned finish before Mohamed Salah netted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time at Anfield. This was Liverpool's eighth game in a packed month but their intensity was unrelenting.

City slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace before suffering a 2-1 reverse at Leicester City on Boxing Day and desperately need a victory over Southampton at St Mary's to avoid dropping further behind Liverpool at the top of the table. It would be silly to say such a thing, especially considering we are at the halfway point.

"But Liverpool don't do that, they don't give you that opportunity and that's a worry". "It is not allowed to have any influence on our game". Arsenal clear from a corner but are too slow to get out.

It is nearly as if talk of Manchester United simply clicking their fingers and poaching Pochettino has riled the players to go on and prove that they are a better side, with better prospects to boot.

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