Fernandinho hails record-breaker Bernardo for Man City win: Pure class

The Premier League's two-week holiday slate concludes with the biggest match of them all.

Jurgen Klopp believes Vincent Kompany should have been sent off in Liverpool's 2-1 to defeat to Manchester City on Thursday for a challenge that could have ended Mohamed Salah's season.

However, that run was brought to an end by goals in either half from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane, which sandwiched Roberto Firmino's equalizer midway through the second period.

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.

Liverpool were rarely at their best and Klopp conceded the intensity of such a high-stakes game had affected his players. "It had wild moments".

"City were outstanding tonight, they were better than Liverpool".

The loss means Liverpool's advantage at the top of the table was cut to four points.

I am sure they will be fine - I would be more anxious about Liverpool if I thought that one defeat by a good side was going to affect them, because that would be a real problem.

"We went toe-to-toe with a very physical and aggressive team and we matched them for everything, if not more".

John Stones then smacked his panicked clearance into City goalkeeper Ederson but the England global redeemed himself by clearing just before all of the ball had crossed the line.

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Sadio Mane hit the post in the 18th minute before John Stones' attempted clearance of the rebound struck Ederson and looked to be heading in.

Alisson did well again to stop a close-range blast from Bernardo Silva in the final minute of normal time before Liverpool laid siege to City's goal and Stones again had to clear off the line. It proved just enough, as goal-line technology ruled out the score.

The half also saw Vincent Kompany somewhat lucky to stay on the pitch after the Belgian picked up only a yellow card for a risky challenge on Mohamed Salah.

Jürgen Klopp claimed that Vincent Kompany could have ended Mohamed Salah's season with a risky challenge as Liverpool's unbeaten run came to an end at the Etihad Stadium.

"We had a chance and opportunity to show our quality after a couple of bad results", he told the club's website. I didn't try to injure him, that's for sure. "It was that or let him go through on goal".

"On the pitch I felt I got the ball, a bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty". City had a few more moments when they controlled the game, but we had these moments as well - not as long or maybe as often as City, but it's an away game and that's absolutely OK. The finish was incredible.

The equalizer was created by the fullbacks in the 64th.

The match started off at a frantic pace, but nerves were seemingly present as players on both sides who are normally so cool with the ball at their feet were found playing stray passes.

Just when Liverpool was gaining momentum, City roared back in front from a blistering counterattack.

The 29-year-old centre-back said last month, "Hopefully, we can be unbeaten until the end of the season".

  • Lawrence Cooper