Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dumbfounded Vincent Kompany didn't see red

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dumbfounded Vincent Kompany didn't see red

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dumbfounded Vincent Kompany didn't see red

Manchester City moved to within four points of league leaders Liverpool after coming out on top in a gargantuan clash with the Reds at the Etihad on Thursday evening.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt referee Anthony Taylor had made the wrong call by issuing only a caution, but City's captain insisted his intent was purely to win the ball.

I am sure they will be fine - I would be more anxious about Liverpool if I thought that one defeat by a good side was going to affect them, because that would be a real problem.

A huge talking point of the game came when Liverpool were 11mm from opening the scoring but were denied by John Stones, who cleared off the line after his initial error. He's the last man and if he hits Mo (Salah) more, he's out for the season.

City are not the force they were last season, by any means, and the style of last season's title success was replaced by a more direct, uncompromising approach against Liverpool.

In real time, the ball looked to be over the line. We can play better.

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The Croatian may not have even been playing, had Joe Gomez not been ruled out with a long-term injury and it was another occasion in which his on-pitch performance did not marry up with his vociferous opinions off it. I didn't try to injure him, that's for sure.

"If somebody would have told me after both games against Manchester City we are four points up, I would've paid money for it like you wouldn't believe".

"From minute one, they never let go the whole game".

This is a welcome take from the manager in a situation that could have seen a measure of negativity spread among supporters, as though it is a 2-1 loss to City, Liverpool are still in control.

When I heard Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren say before Christmas that they could emulate Arsenal's Invincibles side of 2003-04 and go the whole league season unbeaten, I groaned.

Sterling then wasted a great chance to ensure City didn't have to see out a tense five minutes of stoppage time, but the hosts held out to put the title back up for grabs. We lost it but it will happen. There were moments in the game where we had the momentum, but unfortunately we got done with the second goal.

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