City overcome Liverpool

In home game against Liverpool to keep title race open City should won a game. Guardiola started with Danilo and Laporte as left-backs and left De Bruyne on the bench. Game started extremely nervous City full-backs stayed in their positions and didn’t tried to move forward or play as midfielders. Most of passing by Liverpool and City was in their respective halves both teams played with high pressing. Liverpool first created great chance after one two passing Salah made pass that resulted in Mane one vs one against Ederson he hit post after which Stones clearance shot Ederson in the head and Stones was forced to clear ball from goal line. In first 20-25 minutes Liverpool looked better David Silva struggled with his passing, Sane and Sterling received ball in non-threatening areas their dribbling attempts resulted in lost possessions only Aguero from City attackers played good first half Argentinian was great at pressing, helped with his off ball movement and had good link-up play. Fernandinho was great with his passing and more importantly was amazing in defense shutting Liverpool attacks. Bernardo Silva was extremely useful because of his work rate and passing his pass ended in Aguero scored incredible goal in near corner in the end of first half. City played much better in last 20 minutes of first half with creating one good chance after Fernandinho long ball Sterling after sprint passed to David Silva which shot was blocked. After first half intensity of game didn’t dropped Klopp subbed on Fabinho for Milner and played 4-2-3-1 with two defensive midfielders after this substitution Sterling got more place and made couple good dribbling runs one of which resulted in Aguero one vs one against Allison which was wasted and other in penalty shout that was ignored by referee. Liverpool created chance after cross and bad Ederson clearance but Liverpool shot was blocked from penalty goal by defenders and other time cross by Arnold to Robertson and Robertson one touch pass resulted in Firmino header in empty net. Couple minutes later after Ederson calm pass Danilo passed in open space to Sterling and English winger from central position passed to Sane which shot resulted in goal from far post. After that only Liverpool chance was after another Ederson failed clearance but City again cleared boll from goal line. City were closer to score goal but Bernardo shot was saved by Alisson and following shot by Sterling was little bit wide. This was close game in which City ultimately prevailed after this win City trail Liverpool by four points.

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