Man City win ugly to put brakes on Liverpool title charge

I haven't seen a performance like Bernardo Silva's for a long time – Guardiola. Goal

Liverpool didn't need to beat Manchester City, they just need to beat everyone else to win the league.

Completing the packed festive program with an engrossing encounter, Liverpool's threatened a comeback when Roberto Firmino cancelled out Sergio Aguero's first-half opener but Leroy Sane struck the victor in the 72nd minute.

With the match finely poised, Leroy Sane's shot found its way in via a slight deflection off Trent Alexander-Arnold, as City narrowed the gap on Liverpool to four points.

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

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany appeared to have a message for Mohamed Salah after his crunching tackle at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

With the table-topping Reds hoping to win the English title for the first time since 1990, letting second-placed City move back within four points of them was a significant blow.

"Let me say it like this we [have] played better games but we took the intensity today".

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

However, they came up against a City side desperate to peg back the Merseysiders in the race for the title. Liverpool enters the match seven points clear of Man City and can make the climb for Pep Guardiola's side nearly unachievable with a road victory. 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.

With De Bruyne back and in form, City can pose a formidable threat to Liverpool and they are capable of causing sleepless nights for Klopp and his players.

"I would have paid money for it you can not believe", Klopp said.

"If we lose the next one this doesn't mean anything".

"We ran a lot and fought a lot and everyone could see how much we wanted to win the game. This is our way and we want to show we can do it both ways".

"We got three very important points against a fantastic team".

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