Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: 3 talking points after Reds make a sensational 3-1 win over Manchester City to win the title win clash.
Manchester City faced the worst catastrophe, as Liverpool stunned Pep Guardiola’s side after netting three goals to win the fixture which was supposed to shape the Premier League title race.
Now, with 34 points after 12 games, Liverpool seems stronger than ever before, but on the other side, Manchester City has faced the 3rd defeat in this Premier League season, which brings them at the 4th position behind Leicester City and Chelsea respectively.
Surely, this game was full of entertainment and lived up to its hype and also had its own share of controversies which directly affected the game.
As the results follow, Manchester City’s poor result record at the Anfield continues, as they have failed to win the game at Liverpool’s ground for a while, and have lost points in every visit.
With this, we will discuss three talking points from the game, which are prominent enough as Manchester City faces a big blow in the league title race this season.
1. VAR implementation once again surrounds controversy
In the first half, VAR was subject to major criticism as Manchester City were earlier denied a penalty by VAR check as Trent Alexander Arnold allegedly made a handball foul in his own box.
Although, at the same time Bernardo Silva also made a handball, but none of the instances made the game stop. Instead, Liverpool went onto score the opener on the counter from Fabinho’s sensational strike.
Later, Mohamed Salah was also subject to offside before he netted in the 2nd goal. However, it was not even examined by VAR. This point is not trying to accuse Liverpool of an illegitimate win but over the utilization of VAR.
In the match against Sheffield United Vs Tottenham Hotspurs, a goal was examined so closely by VAR that it took almost three minutes away from the regular playing time.
Thus, it seemed strange as Salah looked offside initially and even if it was not, VAR must have followed the same procedure as it is being done since the start.