Manchester City now trail Chelsea by 10 points and are pretty much out of contention for the Premier League title after a 1-0 loss to Liverpool on New Year's Eve at Anfield, thanks to a goal from Georginio Wijnaldum. The Reds dominated the first half and City dominated the second, but Liverpool were the team able to score and get the victory in the end of a very bad football match.
The game was very even at the beginning, with both teams pressing each other and trying to force errors. It was Aleksandar Kolarov who committed a terrible passing mistake, which led to a quick Liverpool counter and a perfect cross from Lallana to Wijnaldum, who beat Bravo with a powerful header.
The goal gave Liverpool lots of confidence and the Reds destroyed City, who couldn't cope with the high pressing from the hosts and weren't able to put five passes together. City's only chance came after a Liverpool error, but De Bruyne's shot was deflected for a corner.
At halftime, a dominant performance from Liverpool and a worrying game from the Citizens. There was a lot that needed to improve in the final period.
Tale of two halves. City absolutely owned the final period, having all of the ball and keeping Liverpool away from Bravo's box. Sterling and Silva carried the load trying to create chances, but there was none that really brought trouble to the Liverpool defense, and the visitors couldn't find an equalizer.
In the end, Liverpool wins, and City may as well say goodbye to the title.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Can, Henderson (Origi), Wijnaldum; Mané (Lucas), Firmino, Lallana
Goal: Wijnaldum (8')
Man City: Bravo; Zabaleta (Navas), Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Touré (Iheanacho); Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne; Agüero
- I really want to love Kolarov, but he doesn't help me. He's been bad in every important game so far. City really need a left-back in January. REALLY.
- If Sergio Agüero is going to come back to just walk around the field and not put in any kind of effort like he did in the first half, then he shouldn't play. It may be lack of fitness being out for a month, but still. Run, Kun. Just run.
- Kevin De Bruyne has had better nights. Let's leave it at that.
- Nicolas Otamendi doesn't know how to pass a football, it was confirmed today.
- Raheem Sterling showed immense personality. Didn't care about the treatment from the Anfield crowd and kept running at his former teammates without any fear. Well done, RaS.