Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City finally broke the Anfield curse, claiming three points at Liverpool’s famed fortress.
The game which has now become one of the much anticipated clash in recent years, this time seemed to have a favourite before the kick of the first ball.
Though, some fans still hoped Liverpool would be able to pull off a miracle at the Kop, but it wasn’t to be.
The curse seemed like it would continue, especially after Ilkay Gündogan who has been in fine form recently, blasted his spotkick into the Kop in the first half.
The first half would end scoreless despite struggles from both side to gain a first half advantage, but Liverpool would go into the half knowing they are the luckier side.
1. Manchester City’s title winning belief being restored
Manchester City seems to have regained their title winning mojo. Despite Gündogan’s miss, City never doubted their potentials. They continued till Gündogan compensated his penalty miss.
Upon Mohammed Salah’s equaliser from the spot kick, you could still see the belief that they would win this despite having Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Kun Aguero sidelined.
2. Liverpool’s weak defence
Since the loss of Virgil Van Dijk to injury, Liverpool’s defence have been something else. Though they had Fabinho and club captain Jordan Henderson back at the central defence, but you could see they were not it.
Though Liverpool had a new defensive signing in the January transfer window, but he is yet to feature for the Reds.
3. The fluidity of Manchester City’s attack
Every title winning team has had to defy odds, right from Antonio Conte’s team that had a really long wining streak to Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams.
You have to find a way to win despite injuries, suspensions and any other obstacles that there may be, and this is what Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City seems to be doing.
Despite the injury woes that has fallen Sergio Kun Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne, the team has not lost their rhythm.
Even when COVID-19 affected the whole squad they still managed to somehow maintain their rhythm, even defeating Chelsea at the time.
You may not want to say it, but this title sure belongs to Manchester City
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