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Liverpool beat Man City in crucial EPL encounter

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Liverpool got a major victory against Manchester City 3-1 thanks to goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in an exhilarating encounter which had a touch of VAR controversy.

In the early season potential title decider, Jurgen Klopp’s side inflicted a third league defeat on Pep Guardiola’s City who dropped to fourth on the log and are nine points behind the pace setters.

The win continues Liverpool’s dominance over City at Anfield, a ground where the visitors have not won in 16 years.

It also extends the Reds’ unbeaten league run to 29 games, and they have also not lost in 46 home games — the longest in Premier League history.

Claudio Bravo started in goal for Man City in the absence of injured regular, Ederson Moraes, behind a defence that included midfielder, Fernandinho.

Liverpool, on the other hand, had a full squad, Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino leading the attack.

Liverpool drew first blood in the fifth minute through Fabinho in a controversial passage of play.

Trent Alexander-Arnold seemed to have been touched in the box but Liverpool continued on the break and the Brazilian midfielder unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard strike which was approved by VAR.

Liverpool doubled their advantage ten minutes later through Mo’ Salah, minutes after Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero had wasted good openings. The Anfield favourite headed Andy Robertson’s cross in at the far post for a 2-0 lead.

The Reds started the second half same way they began the first with a third goal — a replica of the second — scored at the back post by Mane on 52 minutes.

The Senegal international ghosted in to head Jordan Henderson’s cross beyond Bravo for his seventh league goal.

City scored a consolation goal 12 minutes from time through Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese midfielder swept home a first-time shot at the near post to give the Champions a glimmer of hope.

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