It turns out that winning the league against the greatest side in Premier League history isn’t easy. Of course, there are loads of positives to take and we are still in a position that most of us could not have dreamt possible six weeks ago, but this still hurts. It was a phenomenal game of football between the two best sides in the world. Unfortunately for us, the luck was with City tonight. Both sides were excellent, each having moments of huge quality that symbolised their immense points tally. Although City were on top for larger and longer periods, the best games’ chances fell to Liverpool in a thrilling encounter. However, Guardiola’s side were more clinical on the day with two sublime finishes well worthy of winning a tie of this magnitude. Liverpool are left ruing missed chances, the addition of goal-technology and the absence of VAR to combat a shocking refereeing display from the Manchester-born official.
Let’s not muck about. Bernardo Silva was the best player on the pitch today. My word he’s magnificent. Technically, he’s outstanding, he’s shown that already this season but he was so much more today in terms of energy, winning possession back and using the ball very well. Unfortunately, though, he doesn’t play for Liverpool. Andy Robertson does, however and amongst the confusion over whether or not he would start tonight because of the birth of his child, he put in a performance to make mini Robbo proud. Raheem Sterling is an incredibly talented footballer. He is one of the most prolific and best wide men in world football at the moment. But he is no match for Andrew Robertson. On numerous occasions now, Robertson has shown he is a class above the former Red with today’s performance the best of the lot. To be that far ahead of a genuine world class player is astonishing and only strengthens the claims that he is the best left back in the world. He dealt with Sterling with absolute ease and got the better of him on every occasion by being patient, standing him up and waiting for the opportune moment to stick the leg in. He’s tied with Fernandinho in terms of most tackled made in the game and also is level with Silva with most ball recoveries across the 90. This is all accentuated by his incredible run and assist for Firmino’s equaliser. He takes up an excellent position in the box as he ghosts in unmarked and Trent does exceptionally well to find him with a perfectly weighted pass with his left foot that meets Robertson’s perfectly timed run.
As for the Reds the short-term goal is clear. Win the next 5. It’s a winnable run to rebuild confidence and momentum if it even needs rebuilding. But it’s a run that Klopp would love to have following the first defeat of the season. City’s next 5 includes Arsenal and Chelsea, both at home. Although they’re expected to win it’s one to keep your eye on especially if we make them more difficult by doing the business in our fixtures. One I’m looking at is they’re next game at home to Wolves, a team that has proven to be incredibly difficult for the league’s top sides including City themselves. The bigger picture still looks rosy for the Mighty Boys in Red, but this result will leave them hurting and understandably so. It’s a long journey home for the Reds tonight, as opposed to a rather short one for the completely unbiased and ever professional Anthony Taylor.