Manchester City’s quest to emulate Arsenal feat of 2003-2004 season by finishing the season undefeated ended at Anfield football shrine as Liverpool beat the Citizens in a 4-3 thriller.
Jurgen Klopp sent out his boys to demolish City with his all-attack formation and it paid off as the Reds took an early lead, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surging forward and firing a blistering shot past City stopper Ederson with only nine minutes played.
Liverpool worked hard to maintain their lead but five minutes before half-time, Germany international, Leroy Sane beat Loris Karius at his near post with a left-foot shot, thanks to Kyle Walker cross-field ball.
Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s lead in the 59th and two minutes later Sadio Mane made it 3-1 worse, after he had struck the woodwork himself seconds before.
With Liverpool in charge, Africa footballer of the year, Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s fourth with a shot from more than 35 yards to make it more embarrassing for Pep Guardiola.
However, City scored late cosmetic goals to make their loss look gallant, with goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan. And it did produce some crazy final minutes of nail biting. But there was simply no time for a dramatic finish.
A delighted Klopp after the match said it was a wonderful advert for the Premier League.
“This was a historical game you will talk about in 20 years because it looks like City will not lose another one this year,” he said.
“If you combine quality with attitude you see a game like this. I really loved it,” he added. “You will find someone who wants to talk about defending, no clean sheet, but he can blow up my boots.”
Liverpool’s victory means Guardiola’s Man City, who were unbeaten in 30 league games, including an 18-match winning streak, going into the match, have failed in their quest to equal Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who went the entire 2003-2004 unbeaten.