Manchester City were previously five points behind Liverpool, but were able to take full advantage after Jurgen Klopp’s side could only maintain back to back draws, moving ahead of the Reds on goal difference despite having played more games.
Pep Guardiola has stated that a few days prior they could have been seven points behind, but now they are on top of the league, and that it was important to never give up, adding that it was a lesson for all athletes. Defender Aymeric Laporte intercepted David Silva’s free kick to take home his fourth goal of the season, which also saw City move to the front of the scoreboard by the half time break.
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguaro both ruined good opportunities to increase City’s lead after the break before Gabriel Jesus sealed the win in stoppage time. It was a different show to what City usually puts on, who were forced to show their battling qualities in order to secure enough points and regain the initiative for the title race. Attention has now been witched back to Liverpool, who could possibly move back to the top of the rankings if they manage to secure a victory against Bournemouth, just 24 hours before City is set to host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
Everton has remained in ninth place after a fourth defeat in five of their Premier League games at Goodison Park, despite a notable improvement in their game.
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