Manchester City end Liverpool's unbeaten run to reignite title race

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Manchester City end Liverpool's unbeaten run to reignite title race

Manchester City won a "last" as indicated by chief Pep Guardiola to stay in the title race by inflicting Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of the season with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad yesterday

City's ongoing stun consecutive annihilations to Crystal Palace and Leicester had enabled Liverpool to store up a telling lead in their journey to win a first title since 1990. 

But the champions now trail Jurgen Klopp's men by just four points thanks to Leroy Sane's winner 18 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's first-half opener for the hosts.

"It was a final for us, because losing today it was almost over," said Guardiola.

"We are four points behind them and they are the leaders. We have to fight a lot, but this gives us a lot of confidence.

"I am proud of them (the players), but not just today. We lost two games in four days but you can't forget what they have done for 16 months."

Be that as it may, the bosses currently trail Jurgen Klopp's men by only four points on account of Leroy Sane's champ a little ways from time after Roberto Firmino had offset Sergio Aguero's first-half opener for the hosts. 

"It was a last for us, on the grounds that losing today it was relatively finished," said Guardiola. 

"We are four behind them and they are the pioneers. We need to battle a ton, however this gives us a ton of certainty. 

"I am glad for them (the players), however not simply today. We lost two diversions in four days yet you can't overlook what they have improved the situation 16 months."

Without any association gatherings between the sides to come, Liverpool's predetermination is still in their own hands, however they will currently have the weight of having a City side that frolicked to the title with a record 100 points last season on their tails.

"If somebody had told me after both games against Man City we would be 4 up, I would have paid cash," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. 

"We never won it as a group so we need to complete the season as emphatically as could be expected under the circumstances and we are still in a pretty good position."

City additionally had fortune on their side in a throbbing challenge, especially before the break. 

Oly the best of edges denied Liverpool the lead on 19 minutes when Sadio Mane burst onto Mohamed Salah's pass and saw his shot return off within the post. 

John Stones at that point smacked his terrified leeway into City goalkeeper Ederson yet the England global made up for himself by clearing just before the majority of the ball had gone too far. 

City were likewise given a respite by official Anthony Taylor when chief Vincent Kompany just observed a yellow card for a wild two-footed thrust on Salah. 

"I extremely like Vincent Kompany yet how on Earth is that not a red card?" Klopp included. "In the event that he hits Mo more he is out for the season." 

At the opposite end Virgil van Dijk was again advocating his tag as the world's most costly protector to keep City's variety of assaulting ability calm with he Dutchman standing tall to block David Silva's effort.

Nonetheless, a Liverpool defence that had not surrendered twice in a similar diversion all season in the league before kick-off was breached when City managed to free Aguero from Van Dijk's shackles.

The Argentine beat Dejan Lovren to Bernardo Silva's cross before terminating into the top of the net to score for the seventh time in seven home league games against Liverpool.

Despite a combination of nerves and weakness toward the finish of a difficult happy period, the diversion really became animated in a throbbing second-half. 

One Liverpool full-back chose another as Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross was met perfectly by Robertson to square for Firmino to head into an empty net.

Guardiola had his head in his grasp when a slack go from Sane set Liverpool free on the counter-assault minutes after the fact, but within seconds the German showed what he is capable of as he latched on Sterling's pass before firing in off the far post.

Alisson demonstrated why Liverpool spent a then world record £67 million for a goalkeeper in July to support their title chances with a splendid spare from Aguero as the Argentine endeavored to round him at the end of a blistering City counter-attack.

Seconds after the fact it was the turn of his understudy in the Brazil side to make a gigantic spare as Ederson denied Salah as emotions flared with Guardiola incensed a free-kick wasn't granted City's way before the Egyptian broke clear. 

Sterling at that point squandered an incredible opportunity to guarantee City didn't need to see out a strained five minutes of stoppage time, but the hosts held out to put the title back up for grabs.