ANKARA, Feb 8 — Manchester City defeated Liverpool 4-1 in a Premier League clash Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Ilkay Gundogan’s brace and Alisson’s mistakes were the highlights of the match.
The unexpectedly comfortable win gave the Cityzens a huge advantage as they topped the Premier League five points ahead of second-place United with the match at hand.
The match started as expected as both sides tested defences, looking for mistakes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross met Saido Mane in minute 23, but the power header missed the goalpost. In minute 29, Firmino’s strike was saved by City’s goalie Ederson.
In the 36th minute, Raheem Sterling slalomed his way to Liverpool’s six-yard box, but he was downed and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Gundogan missed the penalty and the first half ended goalless at Anfield Road..
City started the second half strong. In minute 49, Sterling once again made his way to Liverpool’s goal. A shot by Foden was deflected and Gundogan was able to finish as they went up 1-0.
In minute 62, City’s Portuguese defender Ruben Dias brought down Mohamed Salah in the box.
After a minute, Salah converted the penalty to equalise.
In the 70th minute, City midfielder Phil Foden scored a goal but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Gundogan scored again in the 74th minute, making the score 2-1.
City found the third goal in minute 77 as Raheem Sterling beat Liverpool’s goalie Alisson Becker with a header.
Foden produced a classy goal with a left-footed strike in the 83rd minute.
Manchester City are atop of the standings with 50 points, while Liverpool are in fourth place with 40 points.