Apr 01, 2023 at 3:26 PMUpdate: 6 minutes ago
Manchester City convincingly won the top match against Liverpool on Saturday. The team of manager Josep Guardiola, who could not have the injured Erling Haaland, was 4-1 too strong at their own Etihad Stadium and therefore remains in the race for the national title.
Liverpool took the lead early in the entertaining game thanks to Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian rounded off beautifully after an outbreak and thus scored his twelfth league goal.
City’s response followed quickly. With a nice attack, Jack Grealish pulled the ball in front and Julian Álvarez was in the right place: 1-1. In the continuation of the first half, in which tempers sometimes rose nicely, City had the upper hand.
After the break, Liverpool was outclassed at times. The 2-1 fell quickly and looked very much like the equalizer. This time Riyad Mahrez gave the perfect lead to Kevin De Bruyne, who had been lost sight of by Virgil van Dijk. Not much later, Ilkay Gündogan extended the score by shooting from close range.
Liverpool no longer believed in it and had to swallow the fourth goal twenty minutes before the end. After another smooth City attack, it was Grealish who finished diagonally. In the final phase, City could often do what it wanted, but no more goals were scored.
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Haaland drops out at the last minute
At Liverpool there was a basic place for Van Dijk and Cody Gakpo, who could not distinguish himself offensively. Nathan Aké was one of City’s first eleven. Haaland fell out of the City squad at the last minute with a groin injury. He celebrated his team’s goals exuberantly in the stands.
The win puts Manchester City five points clear of Arsenal. Both teams have played 28 matches, although the leader will play against Leeds United later in the day (at 4 p.m.).
A dismal season threatens for Liverpool. The team of manager Jürgen Klopp is sixth in the Premier League and has to fear that it will be grabbed next to Champions League football. ‘The Reds’ have already played out in all tournaments.
Top five Premier League
Arsenal 28-69 (+40)
Manchester City 28-62 (+42)
Manchester United 26-50 (+6)
Tottenham Hotspur 28-49 (+12)
Newcastle United 26-47 (+20)
View the results, the standings and the program in the Premier League
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