Seven games into the Premier League campaign and Manchester City, remarkably, remain in the bottom half of the table following their failure to beat Liverpool.
It was far from the rout many pundits had predicted, but Manchester United still failed to halt the Liverpool juggernaut that is rolling relentlessly and unimpeded towards a first-ever Premier League title
It’s a long way back for Manchester City in their pursuit of a hat-trick of Premier League titles.
MAN CITY 1, LIVERPOOL 2
(Liverpool won 5-1 on aggregate)
AFTER breezing through the 2017/18 campaign for more than eight months, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have suddenly been found lacking at the business end of the season.
Three defeats in a disastrous seven days – twice to Liverpool in the quarter finals of the Champions League and also in the Manchester derby – have exposed chinks in the armour of Guardiola who had until now done little wrong.
LIVERPOOL 4, MAN CITY 3
Manchester City won’t be invincibles after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season at Liverpool.
But Pep Guardiola’s side almost pulled off a remarkable recovery as, 4-1 down with six minutes left, they appeared down and out.
Late goals from substitute Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan set up a pulsating finish in which Sergio Aguero so nearly scored an equaliser at the death on the ground where they have won only once since 1981.
This was City’s first domestic defeat since April when they lost at Chelsea while for Liverpool they are now unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions, their best run since Jurgen Klopp took charge.