Shkodran Mustafi turned in an own goal to give Liverpool an early lead but the Gunners responded as Lucas Torreira equalised before Gabriel Martinelli scored twice, capitalising on sloppy defending by the Reds.
Joe Willock’s incredible strike made it 5-4 to Unai Emery’s men just when the tide seemed to have turned. Divock Origi’s volley at the death took the game to penalties. Curtis Jones slotted home after Dani Ceballos was the only player to have his effort saved.
EPL: Liverpool Fc defeated Manchester City Fc 3-1.
Liverpool FC on Sunday extended their lead at the English Premiership League to nine points with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Manchester City.
Two first half goals from Fabinho and Mo Sallah as well as a fine header from Sadio Mane in the early minutes of second half gave Liverpool a comfortable lead.
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Liverpool Vs Manchester City finally comes later today, What are the expectations, predictions?
The Super Sunday is finally upon us. The match that everyone has been talking about for weeks unending, a fixture that is keenly anticipated by all. It is indeed a clash of titans.
Liverpool have had a great start this season, continuing from where they left off last season. They have gone eleven games unbeaten in the league! their attacking powerhouse have been relentless this season. Their fullbacks are also not left out in this goal scoring spree.
However, we have noticed a decline in the effectiveness of their defense as Liverpool have only managed two clean sheets in eleven matches played so far. This is an area Jurgen Klopp must pay close attention to. But in all, Liverpool are a fantastic side.
Manchester City are the defending Champions seeking for their third consecutive Premier league title. And as they make a trip to Anfield today, their intention will be to close in on the gap between both sides in the table.
We have seen Pep Guardiola’s side struggle a bit this season. They have lost games, dropped points in fixtures everyone would’ve expected them to win.
Both sides have great squad depth, fantastic style of play, and great managerial skills. So the only difference and perhaps an edge Liverpool have over Manchester City, is City’s inconsistency. And a defeat tonight would see Leicester City maintain the 2nd place they are temporarily occupying and Liverpool will be nine points clear City
Liverpool will be without long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne. Joel Matip and Xherden Shaqiri are still absent. Jorden Henderson has recovered from the illness that kept him out of midweek champions league action. So he is available for selection.
Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ederson was substituted at halftime in midweek. So he joins David Silva, Aleks Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte in the treatment room.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Manchester City: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 5 home matches against Manchester City
Manchester City have lost one of their last 5 away matches
Cs: Liverpool 2 vs Manchester City 1
Forget it, Leo Messi – not even him can drag this barca side to UCL glory.
The Argentine wants to get his hands on Europe’s top-tier club trophy once again, but on this evidence he will have to wait…
Messi, widely considered the best player of all time, has lifted the trophy four times, but only once in the last eight years.
After horrendous collapses against Liverpool and Roma in the previous two seasons, Barca are showing little evidence they will be capable of satisfying Messi’s deepening hunger this season.
Tuesday’s 0-0 home draw with Slavia Prague means the Catalans are unbeaten and lead Group F with eight points from four games, but they have not produced a single convincing display in the competition this season.
They still lead La Liga too, despite a humiliating 3-1 defeat by Levante on Saturday, but these performances aren’t fooling anybody.
Nelson Semedo and Ernesto Valverde said Barcelona needed to react against Slavia Prague, but the backlash never came.
The nerves started early for the hosts, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Clement Lenglet scrambling to keep the ball out at the near post.
Slavia Prague, like in their narrow 2-1 defeat by Barcelona in the Czech capital, didn’t come here to be the whipping boys many still expected.
Instead Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side got forward in numbers, unafraid of the cavernous Camp Nou and their opponents’ illustrious history and star-studded line-up.
Gerard Pique was in the book early for taking down the troublesome Peter Olayinka, the Spanish defender’s ninth yellow card in 14 games this campaign. He had seven in 52 appearances last year.
Pique’s malaise now seems worse than his usually slow starts to the season and questions over his frequent extra-curricular activity and business trips are looking increasingly justified.
Nelson Semedo soon joined Pique in referee Michael Oliver’s notebook and Slavia became more daring as Barcelona struggled.
Antoine Griezmann struggled to make relevant contributions from the left, Ousmane Dembele lost the ball time and again on the right, Arturo Vidal ran around like a headless chicken and only Messi threatened.
The Argentine maestro produced one heart-stopping dribble and strike, cannoning the ball against the crossbar in Barcelona’s best opportunity of the first half.
On another occasion he broke in down the left but was denied by a fine Ondrej Kolar save.
Slavia then put the ball in Ter Stegen’s net through Jan Boril but the goal was ruled out for offside; a chastening warning for the Catalans, but apparently not enough to shake them from their slumber.
Barcelona left to whistles at half-time, while a striker for their women’s side, Asisat Oshoala, even tweeted: “Take care of the damn ball.”
The hosts did not take heed and barely turned the screw on the visiting minnows, who held on comfortably to their point after the interval.
Vidal had a goal ruled out for offside – Messi’s left foot was fractionally off before he set up the Chilean – and the No.10 missed a good chance himself when Ansu Fati crossed for him.
Barcelona can blame Kolar’s fine performance, or marginal refereeing calls, if they like, but the truth is they aren’t doing enough to support the jewel in their crown, Messi.
The club’s top scorer and five-time Ballon d’Or winner can do it all himself a lot of the time, but not always, and to win the Champions League he needs help.
Barring a shift in form similar to that in January 2015 when Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar finally clicked to explosive effect, or other deeper changes – axing Valverde, although that is another conversation – it is hard to imagine Messi getting his hands on the Champions League trophy in Istanbul next year.
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